Is it OK to say ma am?
Ma’am is somewhat outdated honourific and a contraction of madame. It is a sign of respect and should never cause offence. It is usually reserved for older or married women and today may not be in common usage, depending on where you live. I expect you are correct in thinking it makes a person feel old.
Is Dear Ma correct?
The both words “Madam and Ma’am” are correct. “Ma’am” is the short form of “Madam”. It is the polite way of addressing a woman especially in a formal situation like in business or when writing to an official whose name you do not know.
Is it polite to say ma am?
In most cases, the person calling you “ma’am” sounds rude, not polite. “Ma’am” isn’t supposed to be a title showing respect for an older woman. It’s supposed to refer to a married woman. Not all older women are married, and a lot of younger women are.
Who gets called ma am?
a form of respect for a woman regardless of age or position. In the Southern (southeastern) and Southwestern US, ma’am is used to address any female, regardless of her age or position.