The new Yoruba instructor who hasn’t seen my face yet addresses me as “sir” multiple times in each email.
I find it oddly endearing. Makes me feel like I’m in the military. “Sir, yes, sir! Ready to go, sir! At your orders, sir!”
We are having a Zoom meeting tomorrow, so I finally did write to say that I’m actually a ma’am to avoid shocking the instructor when he sees me.
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“addresses me as “sir” multiple times”
Maybe he knows Spanish….. (didn’t you say you have a masculine persona in Spanish?)
You do realize that “ma’am” is informal address, not quite the equivalent of “sir.” The proper respectful feminine title is “madam.”
Madam makes me feel like I’m a brothel keeper. Academia is so asexual that it feels off.
” makes me feel like I’m a brothel keeper”
Well American brothels (late 19th early 20th centuries) often featured “professors” so it doesn’t seem so far fetched after all..
The professor was a piano player who took requests and some great early jazz musicians started their careers that way (like Jelly Roll Morton).