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The Bewitching Power of ‘Miss’

On age and who we call what

Illustration by Christina Yoseph

MyMy first memory of being called “ma’am” was when I was a girl and a man with a thick Southern accent asked to speak to my mom.

“One second,” I told him.

“Thank you very much, ma’am,” he replied.

This first ma’am was oddly thrilling. To a child raised in the Northeast, being called ma’am…

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