Interesting that Ms. has become all but universal as an honorific, like as in journalism: “Ms. Jones was noted to blah blah blah,” but that it’s unheard of in direct address.

Another quirk: In the UK, “Yes, Miss” is common in direct address, and carries respect — no assumptions about age. “Yes, Ma’am” tends to be reserved for royalty.

Writer. Runner. Marine. Airman. Former LGBTQ and HIV activist. Former ActUpNY and Queer Nation. Polyglot. Middle-aged, uppity faggot. jamesfinnwrites@gmail.com

Writer. Runner. Marine. Airman. Former LGBTQ and HIV activist. Former ActUpNY and Queer Nation. Polyglot. Middle-aged, uppity faggot. jamesfinnwrites@gmail.com