Discussion in 'English Only' started by 涼宮, May 29, 2011.

  1. 涼宮

    涼宮 Senior Member

    Sbaeneg/Castellano (Venezuela)
    Good afternoon :)

    I know that maiden refers to an unmarried woman, or a virgin woman when it comes to aristocracy.

    But, somehow could one use ''maiden'' to address a girl/woman in a polite way without using miss/lady?

    Even though it might sound odd or old-fashioned, is it still possible? Why? Why not?

    Thank you in Advance!
  2. It's not to be recommended. You would sound like some sort of odd-ball.

    Stick to miss for a young woman and ma'am for an older woman or one wearing a wedding ring.

    Last edited: May 29, 2011
  3. GreenWhiteBlue

    GreenWhiteBlue Senior Member

    The City of New York
    USA - English
    "Maiden" is never used as a title of address in contemporary English. I think almost any young woman addressed as "maiden" (as in "Excuse me, maiden, does the bus to Main Street stop here?") would find it bizarre, and more than a little ridiculous.

    You may, though, address a female whom you don't know as either "young woman" or "young lady" -- although the first is a little stiff (as in "young woman, I have been waiting here for thirty minutes. Is your manager available to see me now, or not???") and the second has a schoolroom or parental sound to it (as in "unless you pay more attention to your studies, young lady, you will not pass your examinations.") Neither one is deferential.

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