Letter: Call me lady

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Sir: I wonder if anyone can enlighten me as to why adult females now dislike being addressed as "ladies". Have I missed something, or is the term a touch too genteel for them?

Speaking as a female of middle years I would much rather be called "the lady in red" than "the woman in banana" ("The awful niceness of Daddy Paddy's army", 27 September), which seems somehow more rough and even disrespectful.

Come to that I'm still quite grateful to be called a girl, just so long as I'm never called an "old girl".

MARIE PATERSON

Nuneaton, Warwickshire

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