Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Miss Madam...

I'm a Madam now, no longer a Miss.

No it's not what you think, I didn't get married. Nor have I taken up where Madam Fleiss left off. :-) (can you imagine... hahaha)

No, Let me explain.

The dutch word for "Miss" is "Mejuffrouw" similar to the french "Mademoiselle", but no one ever says "Mejuffrouw" anymore, and it is hardly even used in writing. It is generally thought of as outdated. So when you're younger people don't actually address you, they just speak or say hello or something of the kind to start a conversation.

The dutch word for Ma'am (Madam) is "Mevrouw", which is not strictly used for married women, but basically for any woman who is clearly not a girl anymore.

...and I am now one of them. I've noticed that nearly everyone has been calling me "Mevrouw" lately. At first it was only younger people, say under 25's, but now even older people call me "Mevrouw". 

I'm not sure when it happened. I'm not even sure how it happened, but I kinda like it!

Finally some respect!!  :-)

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