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ma'am

Post by Archived Topic » Sun Jan 31, 1999 12:00 am

How did the word, typically used in the South, "m'am" originate?
Submitted by A. Holley (Enterprise - U.S.A.)
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ma'am

Post by Jonathon Green » Tue Feb 02, 1999 8:00 am

An elision or a regional pronunciation of SE 'madam'.
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