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Names used for talking to people you don't know - thesaurus

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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

formal 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

Indian English used for talking politely to a woman

ma’am

noun

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

mister

noun

spoken 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

spoken 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

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

buster

noun

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

luv

noun

Britishinformal a way of writinglove’, especially when you want to show that someone is using it as a form of address

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buddy

noun

Americanspoken used for talking to a man whose name you do not know

dear

noun

used for talking in a friendly way to someone whose name you do not know

dude

noun

mainly Americanvery informal used for talking in a friendly or threatening way to a man you do not know

guv

Britishspoken used for talking to a man whose name you do not know. This word is mostly used by working men to customers and men of a higher social position.

my (good/dear) man

used for talking to a man of a lower social class

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gaslight

to manipulate someone psychologically so that they begin to question their own perceptions and memories

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Dunning-Kruger effect

the phenomenon by which an incompetent person is too incompetent to understand his own incompetence

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