Being called Sir

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Being called Sir

Postby Bend it like Repka on Wed Dec 05, 2018 7:33 pm

Teachers and Knights of the Realm are exempt from this, so if we have any of those on KUMB, then you can swerve this.

So who is comfortable or actually likes being called "Sir" in everyday life? Where is appropriate to have this tag placed on you?

Recently I've had staff in Asda and the Co-Op call me by that, and it's weird to me. Yes I'm 50, but it's a supermarket, not the Ritz.

Pesto Sir? Certainly, if you'd like to follow me I'll take you to it Sir.

Maybe at upmarket restaurants and if I'm complaining to the manager but in run of the mill establishments?

Of course nothing wrong with a bit of politeness and customer service. Maybe I've just been messed up by The Fast Show. "Suits you Sir". Blurgh.

Or maybe I just don't like admitting I look old and must look like a senior citizen to young twenty somethings. :cry:
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Re: Being called Sir

Postby Rocketron on Wed Dec 05, 2018 7:40 pm

Much preferable to "Boss".
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Re: Being called Sir

Postby DasNutNock on Wed Dec 05, 2018 7:59 pm

I dislike being called “sir” almost as much as I dislike being called “mate”.
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Re: Being called Sir

Postby old fart on Wed Dec 05, 2018 8:19 pm

Referee rugby then
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Re: Being called Sir

Postby last.caress on Wed Dec 05, 2018 9:37 pm

I want YOU to call me "Sir", Bendy. Just you. I consider all of my other fellow human beings as equals, peers and brothers/sisters so it'd be weird if anybody else on Earth did it, but you... you can address me properly. And, reciprocally, I shall address you as "You! Blakey off of On The Buses!" or "You'll swallow whatever I give you, sweetheart" as is befitting and dependent upon my mood at any given moment. :thup:
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Re: Being called Sir

Postby Greatest Cockney Rip Off on Wed Dec 05, 2018 10:35 pm

That is hands down, probably my biggest hate. It always reminds me of ballbag face Alan Sugar demanding to be called "Sir" when he's nothing but a backstreet TV Ariel salesman. It's even worse in the USA.

No no no, call me mate, and that'll be fine. If you call me fella, I'll have to summon all the strength in my body not to punch you in the mouth.
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Re: Being called Sir

Postby S-H on Wed Dec 05, 2018 10:43 pm

DasNutNock wrote:I dislike being called “sir” almost as much as I dislike being called “mate”.


Being called mate by a stranger, is one of many irrational dislikes i have.
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Re: Being called Sir

Postby sendô on Wed Dec 05, 2018 10:51 pm

It's better than "bruv".

As to "mate", I say it all the time without really meaning to. It's hard not to when you've grown up in Essex.
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Re: Being called Sir

Postby Joyeux Marteau on Wed Dec 05, 2018 10:55 pm

I'm not a fan, I find it really uncomfortable.

I agree with S-H and DNN as I don't like being called mate. Not keen on fella either.

I'll allow dude though,
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Re: Being called Sir

Postby S-H on Wed Dec 05, 2018 10:57 pm

Yeah 'dude' should be mandatory.
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Re: Being called Sir

Postby pablo jaye on Wed Dec 05, 2018 11:00 pm

I don’t mind being called Sor, however being called bud, or buddy grinds my gears!!
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Re: Being called Sir

Postby Monkeybubbles on Wed Dec 05, 2018 11:14 pm

Anyone who calls me "my friend" is not my friend.
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Re: Being called Sir

Postby Bend it like Repka on Wed Dec 05, 2018 11:30 pm

last.caress wrote:I want YOU to call me "Sir", Bendy. Just you. .......!" or "You'll swallow whatever I give you, sweetheart"


I feel sick.
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Re: Being called Sir

Postby Tin Hat on Thu Dec 06, 2018 12:40 am

Better than being called geez,fella,bruv,dude (I am not an American) or chav. Imho.
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Re: Being called Sir

Postby simonpaulthomas on Thu Dec 06, 2018 12:44 am

Being called Mr is horrible as well - Mr Thomas was my grandfather, and a man worthy of the title... I’m just some oik bumbling through life!
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Re: Being called Sir

Postby Samba on Thu Dec 06, 2018 12:48 am

I remember whenever police stopped me in my car they always used to call me 'Sir', in such a patronising way..
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Re: Being called Sir

Postby Westcliffspur on Thu Dec 06, 2018 6:22 am

I call no man sir! My favoured term of address is mush. My old dad was a Romany gipsy and I grew up hearing him call everyone he addressed as mush. It did not matter to him if he was talking to a road sweeper, the Duke of Edinburgh or one of the gavvers (police) he would always say mush. It's stood me in good stead for fifty odd years too.
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Re: Being called Sir

Postby The Old Man of Storr on Thu Dec 06, 2018 6:33 am

How you doin' there , pal , makes me want to take a sledgehammer to the person who said it's face .


Fella makes my insides tighten .

Sir's fine , especially after I've given them permission to walk on my land .
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Re: Being called Sir

Postby vietnammer on Thu Dec 06, 2018 7:59 am

Bend it like Repka wrote:Teachers and Knights of the Realm are exempt from this, so if we have any of those on KUMB, then you can swerve this.


...so I won't! Usually get called 'teacher' by most foreign students, which is fine. It's been noticeable though how Indian students tend to use 'Sir', which I discourage, especially cos I'm in adult education. I've even had 'Professor' at times. Asked what the difference between 'Professor' and 'Teacher' is, I normally say 'about 60 grand'.

I've only used 'Sir' to people yonks ago when on the phone doing call-centre type stuff for a bank. It just sounds so grovelly.

The Old Man of Storr wrote:How you doin' there , pal


Funny how 'mate' in London becomes 'Pal' up North. You even get 'My Lover' down in Cornwall.
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Re: Being called Sir

Postby S-H on Thu Dec 06, 2018 8:20 am

vietnammer wrote:
You even get 'My Lover' down in Cornwall.


It's hard to get angry with anything that the Cornish say.
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