respect for elders

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  1. thebeginning

    thebeginning TPF Noob!

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    I just thought of this, and kind of feel bad that I havent before, but I always say sir and maam to adults, but here I dont. I guess i feel it doesnt matter. To me it would sound weird if I said 'Great shot Mr. Jack! (or whoever)'. Everyone here is older than me basically, but i basically dont treat anyone differently because of age...is that bad? Here it just seems different. Sometimes adults dont want to be called Sir and Maam, but just by their first name. What do you 'elder' (but not old, of course ;) ) people think?
     
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    Meysha still being picky Vicky

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    I'm definately not 'old'... hehe not even 'older' like Hertz hey!? hehehe

    But anyway, Saying Sir and Maam is a very American thing. You guys seem to say it all the time and I reckon it's cool that you do. But I personally don't like it.
    No one says it at all in Australia unless they're being condescending... so it's probably not the best thing to say in Oz. But I'm used to it now, coz I get a lot of American customers in my shop and they always say "Thank you Ma'am". :) It always makes me giggle once I realise they're not taking the piss out of me.
     
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    Daniel, one is as old as he/she wants to be. I wouldn't want you to treat me for my age but for who I am.

    I surely don't go nuts about being called 'Sir' or 'Mr.', I discourage it actually. My students call me by my first name and I try to correct them if they slip a 'Mr.' by.

    Of course I speak for myself here but I'm pretty sure that the rest of TPF elders (I am one of them...:D ) feel the same way.

    Now... bow before me! :hail: :lmao: :lmao: :lmao: :lmao:
     
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    Some poeple are born old, some people get old, some people stay like children and some people don't give a ****e and take people for who they are rather than how old. Everyone's different.

    I don't call anyone sir or maam. I do say cheers and mate too often though. And that's with everyone no matter how old they are. :oops:
     
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    I'm pretty relaxed about it. Like most older people I don't mind just so long as when you talk to me you lie prostrate on the ground, don't talk until I give you permission, and show true and utter deference.

    Oh, and Meysha - report to the castle for your punishment.
     
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    bace TPF Noob!

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    Isn't that what the internet is kinda for?

    Taking the formalities away from every day life and making everyone equal?

    I'm pretty sure the old folks around here have their fingers on the ban button anyway. Piss em off and you're gone.


    p.s. by 'old folks' i clearly mean wise and intelligent people of an earlier birthday.
     
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    Hertz van Rental TPF Noob!

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    Even referring to us as 'old folks' can be pretty dangerous.
     
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    ^^^
     
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    Hertz van Rental TPF Noob!

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    Earlier Birthday? What? Before March 14th?



    You can shorten 'wise and intelligent' to 'Mod'.
     
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    I don't get it.
     
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    Hertz van Rental TPF Noob!

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    Someone has missed the 'e' off 'hypocrite' as well.
     
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    bace TPF Noob!

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    Did someone say E...?

    *raves*
     
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