I had the same question a month ago! I know I hate it when people call me "Lady or ma'am" Like bish I am 14, how old do I look to you? No I don't need your help assisting me at a store to help with what I should buy!! I am 14, Eva's me alone and never ever ever call me Lady or ma'am again!!! Like wtf do I look 55? SO ANNOYING AHHHHH
I am in my twenties and I get called "Ma'am" by people not much younger than me, my age, or even older.
I remember a while back... a guy wanted to argue with me because I called him "Sir". He shouted that he's young and he shouldn't be called that! I wanted to yell back, and say would you rather me call you BITCH instead? If I wasn't working at a place of professionalism I wouldn't have held back. I couldn't believe what I was hearing. It's once thing not to like the word. But it's another thing to know what it MEANS.
I HATE that people call me Ma'am It makes me feel old. But at the same time, I understand that people using that word has a lot to do with their upbringing. They are simply trying to show respect. How can you give someone a hard time for doing that?
Give someone a hard time when they call you a word that is derogatory. Not when they are trying to respect you. That is ignorant.
It's a respectful way == people respect you that's why they call u sir or Mr , specially British people they are so damn respectful it did annoy me for a while but I did find it's there way to show respect to me it doesn't depend on your age it depend on how they seen u