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Names used for talking to people you don't know

madam

used for talking politely to a woman whose name you do not know. This word is used especially by people serving customers in a shop or restaurant

miss

noun

used for talking politely to a girl or young woman whose name you do not know

love

noun

used by some people when talking to a woman whose name they do not know. Some women find this offensive

bai

noun

used for talking politely to a woman

ma’am

noun

used for talking politely to a woman whose name you do not know

mister

noun

used for talking to a man whose name you do not know. This word sometimes shows that you are angry with the man

Mac

noun

used in some parts of the US and in Scotland for talking to a man whose name you do not know. It is sometimes considered impolite.

sonny

noun

used for talking to a boy or young man who you do not know very well, often in a threatening way

buster

noun

an impolite word used when talking to a man whose name you do not know, especially someone you are annoyed with

luv

noun

a way of writing ‘love’, especially when you want to show that someone is using it as a form of address

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