mjj (flemmings) wrote,
mjj
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This is a serious question

Why do telemarketers always ask for Mr. or Mrs. Smith when all they have to go by are initials? Has Mrs. become the de facto honorific for all women, as Madame is in French?

I've asked telemarketers this and none of them can tell me. 'It's what they tell us to say.' Yes, but why?
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