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14th Apr '16 4:58:03 PM bombadilla
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* In Turkish there's actually a poem about this phenomenon, though gender-inverted. Attributed to the legendary folk poet Karacaoglan, it's called "A Girl Has Called Me Uncle, Oh Woe Is Me" [[labelnote:Turkish]] "Bir Kız Bana Emmi Dedi Neyleyim" [[/labelnote]]. Similarly to the other languages listed below, in Turkish the words "uncle" and "aunt" may be used as an informal yet respectful way of addressing people who are much older than the speaker. [[note]]Small children may call anybody "uncle" or "aunt" who seems about the same age as their parents, but from puberty on it's usually only acceptable to address people who are in "senior citizen" range this way (with a few exceptions, like old friends of the family or parents of one's schoolmates).[[/note]] Not unexpectedly, the poem is about the speaker's shock and horror at being called this way by a girl of fifteen.

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* In Turkish there's actually a poem about this phenomenon, though gender-inverted. Attributed to the legendary folk poet Karacaoglan, it's called "A Girl Has Called Me Uncle, Oh Woe Is Me" [[labelnote:Turkish]] "Bir Kız Bana Emmi Dedi Neyleyim" [[/labelnote]]. Similarly to the other languages listed below, in Turkish the words "uncle" and "aunt" may be used as an informal yet respectful way of addressing people who are much older than the speaker. [[note]]Small children may call anybody "uncle" or "aunt" who seems about the same age as their parents, but from puberty on it's usually only acceptable to address people who are in might be termed "senior citizen" range citizens" this way (with a few exceptions, exceptions like old friends of the family or parents of one's schoolmates).[[/note]] Not unexpectedly, the poem is about the speaker's (somewhat tongue-in-cheek) shock and horror at being called this way by a random girl of fifteen.
14th Apr '16 4:46:08 PM bombadilla
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* In Turkish there's actually a poem about this phenomenon, though gender-inverted. Attributed to the legendary folk poet Karacaoglan, it's called "A Girl Has Called Me Uncle, Oh Woe Is Me" [[labelnote:Turkish]] "Bir Kız Bana Emmi Dedi Neyleyim" [[/labelnote]]. Similarly to the other languages listed below, in Turkish the words "uncle" and "aunt" may be used as an informal yet respectful way of addressing people who are much older than the speaker. [[note]]Small children may call anybody "uncle" or "aunt" who seems about the same age as their parents, but from puberty on it's usually only acceptable to address people who are in "senior citizen" range this way (with a few exceptions, like old friends of the family or parents of one's schoolmates).[[/note]] Not unexpectedly, the poem is about the speaker's shock and horror at being called this way by a girl of fifteen.
23rd Mar '16 9:48:07 AM Chazz
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* May come up from colloquialisms: for instance, in some parts of the United States, "ma'am" is just considered a polite way of referring to a woman you've just met, functionally equivalent to "miss"; in other areas, "ma'am" specifically refers to a [[DontCallMeSir female superior]] or someone who is notably older. So you may just be trying to be polite, but accidentally imply they seem far older than they are!
16th Mar '16 10:44:08 PM SvartiKotturinn
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-->'''Grace:''' ...and this Jennifer-Love-Sarah-Michelle-Felicity looking thing bumps into me and says, 'Excuse me, ''ma'am'''.

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-->'''Grace:''' ...and this Jennifer-Love-Sarah-Michelle-Felicity looking [[Creator/JenniferLoveHewitt Jennifer-Love]]-[[Creator/SarahMichelleGellar Sarah-Michelle]]-Series/{{Felicity}}-looking thing bumps into me and says, 'Excuse me, ''ma'am'''.‘Excuse me... ''ma’am''’!


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* Averted in modern Hebrew, as not only are Israelis generally too informal to use either term of address in most situations, but the equivalent ‘miss’ (''‘almatí''[[labelnote:Hebrew]]עלמתי[[/labelnote]] lit. ‘my maiden’) went out of style long ago, and the equivalent of ‘ma’am’ or ‘lady’ (''gevéret''[[labelnote:Hebrew]]גברת[[/labelnote]], lit. ‘lady’, or the more formal ''gvirtí'' [[labelnote:Hebrew]]גבירתי[[/labelnote]] ‘my lady’[[note]]In Hebrew this phrase has none of the old-fashioned courting connotations of English.[[/note]]) is more commonly heard. (Of course, since this is Israel, which has universal conscription, ‘soldier’ might be more common...)
17th Feb '16 3:07:02 PM TonyG
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* On the ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'' episode "The Valentino Submergence", Leonard and Penny are waiting for a table at a restaurant on Valentines Day. Penny tries to flirt with the Maître D', but when he calls her "Ma'am", she drags Leonard away in a huff.
6th Feb '16 8:43:12 PM nombretomado
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* In Woody's first episode on ''{{Cheers}}'', he addresses Carla as "ma'am" on meeting her:

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* In Woody's first episode on ''{{Cheers}}'', ''Series/{{Cheers}}'', he addresses Carla as "ma'am" on meeting her:
24th Jan '16 9:15:30 AM nombretomado
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* Francine Peters in ''StrangersInParadise''. "I am 29 years old! I am not a ''ma'am''!"

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* Francine Peters in ''StrangersInParadise''.''ComicBook/StrangersInParadise''. "I am 29 years old! I am not a ''ma'am''!"



* Variant in ''SpiderMan.'' Trying to locate a student's home, Peter asks for directions from a woman nearby, calling her "Ma'am." She proceeds to ignore the question, and lectures him about how "Ma'am" is short for "Madam," and goes on from there. Peter eventually apologizes, restates his question without using "Ma'am," and gets the directions he was looking for. The policeman who wanders up next, however, is clearly about to get the same lecture when he calls her "Ma'am."

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* Variant in ''SpiderMan.''ComicBook/SpiderMan.'' Trying to locate a student's home, Peter asks for directions from a woman nearby, calling her "Ma'am." She proceeds to ignore the question, and lectures him about how "Ma'am" is short for "Madam," and goes on from there. Peter eventually apologizes, restates his question without using "Ma'am," and gets the directions he was looking for. The policeman who wanders up next, however, is clearly about to get the same lecture when he calls her "Ma'am."
8th Jan '16 7:42:39 PM Discar
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* Kirihara from ''Anime/DarkerThanBlack'' gets one when [[LoonyFan Kiko]] sees the woman together with her [[strike:stalking target]] crush.

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* Kirihara from ''Anime/DarkerThanBlack'' gets one when [[LoonyFan Kiko]] sees the woman together with her [[strike:stalking target]] crush.crush, Hei. Note that Hei and Kirihara are roughly the same age, while Kiko is five to ten years younger.
25th Dec '15 11:51:10 AM Chaosenvoy
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* ''[[VideoGame/Bravely Default]]'' has a male variant with Ringabel, who is rendered nearly speechless when a pair of girls address as "mister".

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* ''[[VideoGame/Bravely Default]]'' ''VideoGame/BravelyDefault'' has a male variant with Ringabel, who is rendered nearly speechless when a pair of girls address as "mister".
25th Dec '15 11:50:37 AM Chaosenvoy
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* ''[[VideoGame/BravelyDefault]]'' has a male variant with Ringabel, who is rendered nearly speechless when a pair of girls address as "mister".

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* ''[[VideoGame/BravelyDefault]]'' ''[[VideoGame/Bravely Default]]'' has a male variant with Ringabel, who is rendered nearly speechless when a pair of girls address as "mister".
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