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Posted: 3/31/2006 9:37:41 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/31/2006 9:38:49 PM EDT by bfieldburt]
It's not miss, it's not mrs., it's not mr., it's "ma'm"? How the hell do you spell that word? And, for bonus points, what does the word really mean, and what are its origins?

Post edited for spelling .
Link Posted: 3/31/2006 9:38:01 PM EDT
Link Posted: 3/31/2006 9:38:11 PM EDT

On a related note, how do you spell ya'll?

Link Posted: 3/31/2006 9:38:45 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/31/2006 9:39:04 PM EDT by FieroLoki]

Originally Posted By Valkyrie:

Thats the way I do it....

Originally Posted By DK-Prof:
On a related note, how do you spell ya'll?

Like that.
Link Posted: 3/31/2006 9:40:20 PM EDT
Ma'am is short for madam.


Link Posted: 3/31/2006 9:40:55 PM EDT
[wikipedia]Madam or ma'am is a title for a woman. It is derived from the French madame, the equivalent of Mrs. or Ms., and literally signifying "my lady." The plural of madam in this sense is mesdames.[/wikipedia]
Link Posted: 3/31/2006 9:40:58 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/31/2006 9:41:20 PM EDT by PromptCritical]
It's short for "you all", so following the "standardized" rules of contraction is should be "y'all".
Link Posted: 3/31/2006 9:41:50 PM EDT



Link Posted: 3/31/2006 9:43:48 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Valkyrie:

Link Posted: 3/31/2006 9:43:58 PM EDT
And why do people say this: “When abouts?” when "when" works just perfectly?

I think I'll take another swig and slur some more words......
Link Posted: 3/31/2006 9:46:18 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/31/2006 9:48:55 PM EDT by Adam_White]

Standard use of the apostrophe is to fill in where letters or numbers are removed.

For example, "y'all" is spelled like so. That is also why you talk about the '90s as a fucked up decade, not the 90's - the latter indicated possessive, a while other use for apostrophes.

As for ma'am - it is shortened from madam. Webster tells us that the word came to English from Middle English, and before that from the Middle Frenchma dame, literally "my lady."

Webster continues to define the current use of the word as, "used without a name as a form of respectful or polite address to a woman."

And thus concludes today's lesson.

Edit: Holy crap, this thread is moving fast - there were only a few replies when I started typing this ('course, I may have had the window open a while )
Link Posted: 3/31/2006 9:51:40 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/31/2006 9:53:12 PM EDT by Adam_White]
never mind, that wouldn't make sense.
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