honorific title - special case?

azuki

Senior Member
Japanese
Hello there,

When I was watching “Dallas”, popular US TV program broadcast in the ‘80s, I learned that a married lady is being called "Miss Ellie".

Ellie Ewing, wife of the head of the Ewing and the king of oil in Texas, was being sometimes called "Miss Ellie" by her close friends and daughters-in-law. She is the second highest position after her husband in the large family. What I feel strange is that the married woman is being called Miss Ellie. That "Miss" comes with a first name also sounds funny. Is it an exceptional case or common?

Thank you.
 
  • BellaDancer

    Senior Member
    Using Miss or Mister with a first name is a respectful form of address most commonly used in the American South, including Texas. Children and subordinates in a domestic setting would be expected to call an adult Miss Ellie or Mister Jim.
     

    Driven

    Senior Member
    USA/English
    I think it was common in the south (US) a few generations ago. I have never lived in the south so I'm not sure, but in movies and TV shows it seems to be a common trend from that era.
     

    azuki

    Senior Member
    Japanese
    Oh, America is diverse!
    Now I would be able to enjoy the drama without wondering.
    Thank you for all replies to my question. :)
     
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