In theory, the word “ma’am” is a courtesy extended to women. But many women say it makes them cringe. In a recent poll by Survey Monkey, only two participants preferred the term “ma’am.”
Sen. Barbara Boxer once told a brigadier general to refer to her as “senator” rather than “ma’am,” saying, “I worked so hard to get that title, so I’d appreciate it, yes, thank you.”
A term that was once considered polite is now having the opposite effect on women—it makes them feel “overripe.” The best course of action? When in doubt, skip the courtesy term altogether.
Tip: Read more advice in our free report, 14 Tips on .
Like what you've read? ...Republish it and share great business tips!
Attention: Readers, Publishers, Editors, Bloggers, Media, Webmasters and more...
We believe great content should be read and passed around. After all, knowledge IS power. And good business can become great with the right information at their fingertips. If you'd like to share any of the insightful articles on BusinessManagementDaily.com, you may republish or syndicate it without charge.
The only thing we ask is that you keep the article exactly as it was written and formatted. You also need to include an attribution statement and link to the article.
" This information is proudly provided by Business Management Daily.com: http://www.businessmanagementdaily.com/12975/evolving-rules-of-politeness "
- Store managers can meet executive exemption without constant on-Site supervising of staff
- Remark on religious fervor isn't proof of biased motive
- Business email etiquette checklist
- Recession ripening the office grapevine? 3 communication tips to keep employees on track
- Ask the attorney -- Your HR questions answered