What is the female version of Sir?
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- What is the female version of Sir?
- How do you say yes Sir to a woman?
- Who can be called sir?
- Why are Lady Officers called sir?
- Can you say sir instead of yes sir?
- When should you call someone Sir?
- Can I call myself Sir?
- Do female officers prefer sir?
- Is Sir a unisex term?
- Is it OK to call someone sir?
- Can you call a woman ma'am or Sir?
- Can a female officer be addressed as Sir?
- Can a female ranger be addressed as Sir?
- When to address a male superior as Sir?
What is the female version of Sir?
A damehood is the female equivalent of a knighthood and therefore the title Dame is the female equivalent of the title Sir.
How do you say yes Sir to a woman?
It's perfectly acceptable to address a superior female officer as Sir. "Sir, yes sir!" "Whatever biotch."
Who can be called sir?
The honour of knighthood comes from medieval times, as does the way used to award the knighthood - the touch of a sword by the King or Queen. Men who receive this honour are given the title Sir, while women receiving the honour are called Dame. The award is given for an exceptional achievement in any activity.
Why are Lady Officers called sir?
Originally Answered: Are female officers called sir? As one of the tenants of proper English, moving from nonspecific to more specific is proper and desired. Sir is a masculine pronoun Mam is a female pronoun. Neither is considered accusative both are simply male and female and thus are absolutely equal.
Can you say sir instead of yes sir?
In some branches of some country's military, if addressing a superior officer, you're supposed to start and end each sentence with "Sir." An affirmative answer is "Sir, yes, sir!" A negative answer is "Sir, no, sir!" The answer to the question "What do you start and end a sentence with?" is "Sir, sir, sir!"
When should you call someone Sir?
Sir is a word used for respect. If you call someone sir, it means you respect them. Most people find it respectful to call someone sir or madam.
Can I call myself Sir?
It is actually against the law to call yourself a Sir without having gained a Knighthood. A Knight title can only be granted by the Crown, and it is always for services to the British Empire.
Do female officers prefer sir?
They all indicate that the term is reserved to males, and that there are a number of related terms for females, such as ma'am. On several recent television shows in the US, the term sir has been used by a police officer to address his or her supervisor who was female.
Is Sir a unisex term?
Official unisex term: As 'Sir' has so many usages already, make 'Ma'am' the official unisex term - The Economic Times.
Is it OK to call someone sir?
Sir is a word used for respect. If you call someone sir, it means you respect them. Most people find it respectful to call someone sir or madam. But its not compulsory for every person.
Can you call a woman ma'am or Sir?
Sir is for men. Most women would be offended if you called them sir (with the possible exception of some supreme feminists). Like John M. Landsberg commented, "Ma'am" is what you want to use unless you're asking for trouble. I don't know any feminists who would advocate a “sir” default.
Can a female officer be addressed as Sir?
Since I served in the U.S. military, it rankles me to hear female officers in Hollywood productions addressed (non-sarcastically) as "sir" (instead of "ma'am," or their proper rank or title). Can “sir” be used to address female officers? confirms that in reality there is no precedent for a "gender-neutral" usage of the honorific "sir."
Can a female ranger be addressed as Sir?
But changes always happen, so maybe in a few decades that young female Ranger LT will be called "Sir" by her troops. Refer to this question from English Stack Exchange: Can sir be used to address female officers.
When to address a male superior as Sir?
Interesting parenthetical note in Wikipedia: When addressing a male superior (e.g. Officer or Warrant Officer, but not usually a non-commissioned officer, in the military), "sir" is used as a short form of address. (Despite its use in many fictional works, this is not a term used for female superiors, who are addressed as "ma'am").