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Re: "Madam"/"Madame" Chair/man/person (was: Umlauts)

From:Andreas Johansson <andjo@...>
Date:Monday, November 3, 2003, 11:42
Quoting John Cowan <jcowan@...>:

> Christophe Grandsire scripsit: > > > I've never heard "Madame" used in English in any other context than > > brothels, so I find it hard to believe that it could be used in other > > contexts. I think I would have heard it :)) . > > Well, first there is its application to women who actually are French, but > we'll exclude that. Then there is Madame Chiang Kai-shek (who just died, > aged 105)
When I saw a newspaper notice about that, I actually wondered why she always was Madame Chiang Kai-shek, never Mrs Chiang Kai-shek. Is there a reason? Andreas