Do you call your Dad 'sir'?

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by Blue Velvet, Sep 23, 2007.

  1. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

    Jul 4, 2004
    I was thinking about this this morning, remembering back to the school I used to go to when I was young where there were quite a few American kids... and almost all of them called their Dad 'Sir'.

    Which I found quite weird at the time; it was the seventies, mind... Random thought for the day. :p
  2. Veritas&Equitas macrumors 68000


    Oct 31, 2005
    Twin Cities, MN
    Hell no. I think my dad would think I was sick if I called him that :)
  3. sananda macrumors 68020

    May 24, 2007
    i called him by his first name. which was weird. when i hear children calling the parents by their first names it always sounds very odd to me because i expect to hear "mum" and "dad".
  4. adrianblaine macrumors 65816


    Oct 12, 2006
    Pasadena, CA
    I was born in the early 80's and have never called my dad sir. Just Dad.
  5. Blue Velvet thread starter Moderator emeritus

    Jul 4, 2004
    I was born in the early sixties, so I would have been about 14 or so at the time. The American kids at this particular school would have come from families that some ties to the military, diplomacy and the electronics industry.

    Anyway, I'm glad many of you think it's weird too. ;)
  6. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus


    Jan 9, 2004
    Grand Rapids, MI, USA
    Well, military, sure. I hear it from children (who are children now) in certain parts of the country more than others. Like in parts of the South, and perhaps parts of the Northeast....
  7. Veritas&Equitas macrumors 68000


    Oct 31, 2005
    Twin Cities, MN
    I think calling your dad "sir" is recognizing him more as the "Commander-In-Chief" of the household, more of a traditional, antiquated role. So it makes sense that especially military families would keep this tradition.

    It seems families that are more expressive with their feelings, more comfortable with each other and the like would not revert to using the name "sir." It may be "respectful," but seems too formal & robotic for people that are comfortable with expressing their emotions and feelings with all members of the household, regardless of their historic "role."
  8. jabrowntx macrumors 6502

    Jul 5, 2007
    Don't really remember using "sir" prior to my time in the military. I was born in the early '60s too.

    I know that sir is supposed to be a form of respect, but it just sounds so suck-up and phony to me. I only used it when I was in the military because I had to. I don't use sir at all anymore nor do I like it when people call me sir.
  9. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    I never called my father sir but I call other people sir and ma'am all of the time. Just yesterday I was introduced to two people by their first names and while answering a question I said "yes sir, I have." He didn't mind it at all being in the Navy I presume he's accustomed to that, but everyone else kind of laughed. At the end of the night I thanked them and called them by their last name (Mr. and Mrs.) and that drew more laughter. It's just a thing. I call professors Dr. or Professor despite most of them correct me and say their first names. But no, I've never called my dad sir unless I was being a jerk and trying to piss him off.
  10. Nickygoat macrumors 6502a


    Dec 11, 2004
    I grew up in a military family and it was unheard of for a Brit kid to call their Dad sir. Didn't see it either when we lived in Australia.

    I did see it in Yorkshire however. We lived near the "Golfballs" at Menwith Hill - run by the Yanks who were stationed near us. Even the guys whose dads weren't military (NSA primarily) called them Sir.

    Well weird :p
  11. juanm macrumors 65816


    May 1, 2006
    Fury 161
    I've never called them dad or mom. I call my mother by her name, and my father by a diminutive of his name, FWIW.
  12. philbeeney macrumors 6502


    Jul 24, 2004
    Brampton, ON
    I call mine ye oldus gittus (the old git), which is swiftly followed by a "V" sign from him.

    At no point would I call him sir. He'd think I was off my rocker.
  13. CanadaRAM macrumors G5


    Oct 11, 2004
    On the Left Coast - Victoria BC Canada
    Always Dad. Teachers were always Mr. or Mrs. or (as was just coming into vogue then, Ms.)

    Would feel pretty funny calling my parents by their first names. I met a father of a childhood friend at the gym, and it was weird calling him "Dave" rather than "Mr. Jones".

    On the other hand, I am comfortable going on a first name basis with clients almost immediately, if they offer theirs.
  14. bartelby macrumors Core


    Jun 16, 2004
    I always think it's hilarious hearing American kids call their own dads "Sir".

    I call my dad by his name. Always have done.
  15. 2nyRiggz macrumors 603


    Aug 20, 2005
    Thank you Jah...I'm so Blessed
    If my father ask a question I respond by saying "Yes sir, no sir" as old as I am I still do it....never called him sir right out the blue though.
    I don't think I've ever called my father/mother by first name.

  16. devilot Moderator emeritus


    May 1, 2005
    "Bah-bah" Chinese for "dad" I s'pose.

    "Daddy" or "Bah-bee" if I want something. ;)
  17. Mord macrumors G4


    Aug 24, 2003
    I call my father by his first name, it pisses him off but I do it anyway as it feels ~really~ weird to call him dad.
  18. BigPrince macrumors 68020

    Dec 27, 2006
    I generally call both my parents by there first name.
  19. iSaint macrumors 603


    May 26, 2004
    South Mississippi y'all, near the water!
    When I was younger I said sir. My kids respond yes sir and yes ma'am to adults, at least they're supposed to.

    I expect my students to respond yessir, but it rarely happens.
  20. LethalWolfe macrumors G3


    Jan 11, 2002
    Los Angeles
    Army brat here.

    I can't remember if I used "dad" or "sir" more as I just grew up being taught to use "sir" or "ma'am." I still use "sir", "ma'am" or "miss" a today when I'm talking w/people I don't know very well or when I'm in a "formal" situation. The first time I met my gf's dad he asked me a question (like "how was the flight" or something) and I ended my response w/"sir" and that got a laugh out of the whole car.:eek:

    Better to be seen as polite rather than rude, IMO.

  21. decksnap macrumors 68040


    Apr 11, 2003
    Those people are certainly a slim niche minority (and probably military, where the dad just likes being called sir). 90% of Americans call their parents 'mom' and 'dad'.
  22. Dagless macrumors Core


    Jan 18, 2005
    Fighting to stay in the EU
    We're not a military family, so no.

    He's dad in conversation, 'Father' on my phone (I try to make it sound posh so if I lose my phone then they might think I'd pay a hefty reward if found!).

    I call my mum and my grandad by their Polish names, and used to call my great-grandma by her Welsh name. Nine, or something.
  23. joepunk macrumors 68030


    Aug 5, 2004
    a profane existence
    If I did call my dad 'sir' he would start wondering what/whom in Florida started to corrupt my mind.

    I have been called sir on the phone and by gate people at the theme parks which always gets me in a weird way.

    I would never have any child call me sir.
  24. IJ Reilly macrumors P6

    IJ Reilly

    Jul 16, 2002
    Only after his knighthood. Before that, he was just dear ol' Dad.
  25. technicolor macrumors 68000


    Dec 21, 2005
    I cant ever imagine calling my parents by their first name. I used to call my father abu or baba. I call my mother mom or mommy. I say yes sir and no sir to other people older than me.

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