Etiquette Questions, Answered: Tricky Conversations
Can I Ask People to Address Me in a More Formal Manner?
Q. When people speak to me, can I request that they address me as Miss Kelly rather than simply Kelly?
Name withheld by request
A. Absolutely. But will it seem a bit odd? Possibly. Given that your desire is somewhat out of step with cultural norms, you may want to offer a reason for the request, should you have one: Maybe you’re a teacher whose students call you that, and you’ve grown accustomed to the moniker; or perhaps it’s a common way to address women where you grew up. However, if this request simply reflects your particular quirk, that’s fine, too. By making it, you’ll be giving people a true sense of who you are.
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