When you were a kid did you refer to most adults by their last names?

Like mr smith? or mrs. jones?


or did you use their first names?


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Most Helpful Girl

  • cambodian tradition- you'd either call the ladies (bong, meng, om or yay)
    Men- (boo, om or da)
    According to their age

    Aussie- first names

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  • Ms & Mr. The first time an adult told me to go by first name, I was flabbergasted. It felt weird. There are adults I knew as a child that I *still* call Ms. & Mr.

    Close family friends were aunt & uncle + first name even if we weren't related.

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What Girls Said 11

  • Just my Teachers.
    Now when I See them, it's Hard to get Used to the Idea of Calling them By... Their First Name. I Cringe.
    Good luck and Great question, @Toad-1 xx

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  • Mr or Mrs

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  • some of both, but if I knew them pretty well, it was more common to say "Mr. Jim" or "Ms. Jane" than last names.

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  • Yes I mostly did.

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  • No, mostly first names in Australia.

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  • No I always used their first names.

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  • Not really.

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  • nope, by relation for example, "Aunt, bro, sis, uncle , etc"

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    • 1mo

      Well i mean adults not related to you, like a teacher or a friends parents?

    • 1mo

      non related as well
      for teachers, whatever they tell us to call them

      So it would like Mrs K, Mr Aladdin etc

  • Nope

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  • A little bit but then they'd always tell me to use their field names.

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  • Always. Or Auntie/uncle.

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What Guys Said 17

  • Yes - It is only a recent thing here to start calling older people by their first name even if you are an adult yourself - I am constantly surprised by my sister's kids call their parents by their first name - I reckon within a generation everyone will be known by their first name.

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  • i was taught to and unless the people said otherwise i always said Mr., Mrs, or Ms

    but i also had a lot of adults who would specifically ask to be called by their first names

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  • I was taught to use Mr. and Mrs. (or Miss). I'm from the South and learning basic courtesy was very important in my upbringing.

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  • Last names.

    Later in life I started calling them by their title and the name of their child who was my friend, so Stacey's dad became "Mr. Stacey"

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  • They were either Mr, Mrs or (if friends of my parents) uncle and aunt.

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  • I did, and I sometimes still do

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  • I wouldn't mention names, because I probably already forgot.

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  • when I was very young... no. only started later

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  • People have been calling me fearless_banana since I was 9 years old.

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  • First names, of course Sir/Ma'am before i say the name (a culture thing).

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  • Their first names.

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  • i used their first name

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  • Last

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  • Yeas I always called them by their last names.

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  • Yes or tia and tio... aunt/uncle

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  • Nah that shots weird

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  • Only for teachers.

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