I am perplexed that gomie2003 (an American) did not understand my usage of the word 'smart'. Would Americans not understand if I said: 'You're looking very smart today' or 'What a smart umbrella/car!'?Quote:
Originally Posted by moo mouse
Being a Brit and living in London I would agree that 'sir' and 'madam' are not commonly used to a stanger in the street, or socially, even in deference to older people (I call my boyfriend's dad Mr Newman, never 'sir'). But you definitely would hear it in smart department stores like Harrods or Selfridges where the shop assistants are smarmy and ingratiating, and have been trained to say 'Can I help you, sir/madam?' or in really smart/expensive restaurants where you might hear 'And would madam like any vegetables with that?' (in place of 'and would you...?').
Posted by gomie2003:
What do you mean by "smart" here? Surely you don't mean "intelligent"? There must be some other meaning that I am unaware of...