Yep...and it's more than "feel" old, I am old.
Sign* of respect.
No, I don't feel old. I feel like they are serving me.
no cause noone ever calls me that
The first time it happens is a shocker, but then after that its not a big deal.
It indicates yes you are crossing an age threshold- to be ma'am not miss.
Comes down to personal perspective and you choose to see yourself. You are the only person responsible for your feelings, thoughts and actions so if someone else's comment causes you to feel your definition of old, that is your choice.
I used to, before I knew better.
I actually do not see being called sir or ma'am as always a sign of respect. I think it is a general way to address strangers without saying "hey, you....". I learned that when I was in my early twenties.
The general use of "ma'am" is very American.
Well at first it was pretty wierd because I didn't think myself that old to be called that. But now that I think about it these were much younger persons calling me that. Now I am used to it because I am much older now.
When I was 12 I used to think people who were 24 were really old. Don't take it personal young people are ignorant and dont know much about life even though the claim they do.
I usually call people miss and sir. Ma'am is generally assuming someone is married. You should say it to old people though, they love it when I call them Madam or Sir.
No I like when people call me mam its respectful and southern
Not at all. I have called people more than half my age "sir" and they seem to like it. It is just being polite not subservient. Unless I am talking to the Queen, I call no-one "Ma'am" but I have used "madam" occasionally.