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Adressing female officers

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Adressing female officers
Post by olli01a   » Tue Sep 04, 2018 6:08 pm


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I like the Starfire series very much and I just started to listen to the audiobooks. I‘m now well into In Death Ground and something occured to me: Why female officers are adressed as Sir and not as Ma‘am?

English is not my first language and maybe this is something I don‘t know or don‘t grasp about the english language. I hope someone can explain this to me.

Re: Adressing female officers
Post by Weird Harold   » Wed Sep 05, 2018 5:51 am

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olli01a wrote:... Why female officers are adressed as Sir and not as Ma‘am?

That is common to a lot of Science Fiction. It can be seen as a logical progression of political correct speech that stresses gender neutrality, or it can be seen as a simple evolution of language.
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Re: Adressing female officers
Post by George J. Smith   » Thu Sep 06, 2018 7:37 am

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Strange how MWW aka rfc chooses to use different honorifics in the various series.

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