"Madam"/"Madame" Chair/man/person (was: Umlauts)
|From:||Mark J. Reed <markjreed@...>|
|Date:||Wednesday, October 29, 2003, 21:19|
To take this a bit further off-topic (sorry) - what's with the
<Madam>/<Madame> spelling difference?
I was taught that a "madam" (or several "madams") ran a whorehouse,
while "Madame" (or several "Mesdames") was the title form. But it
seems that "Madam" is used all the time in titles, including that
of Madeleine Albright's book, _Madam_Secretary_.
So what's the straight dope? :)