@Anarkat @schratze Etymologically, what makes both "sir" or "madam" honorifics is that they both express deference in a hierarchy to the addressed person. Sir -> sire -> senior from Latin senilis "of old age", and madame -> ma dame -> mea domina from Latin domina "of the house".

So I can see the suggestion of "comrade" breaks out of both the gender-binary AND the hierarchical deference implied in these words.

@vortex_egg @Anarkat @schratze the problems with comrade as a replacement for sir/madam is comrade implies a shared struggle/political outlook, and that they only people i've encountered using it this way are trots who are definitely not my comrades

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