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Names used for talking to people you don't know - synonyms or related words

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

spoken

American

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

British

informal

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

Open Dictionary

troll factory

a company that pays pays its employees to write online comments in favour or against somebody or something posing as ordinary Internet users

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