Ooo, a distinctly guy-to-girl one! Haven’t done one of those in a while… if ever.
Every woman wants to be treated as a lady. Or they/we should at least, because that’s what we were made for. To be ladies. I think it’s great when guys pick up on that and use the word confidently. If it’s not said in confidence, it comes out like Les from Newsies; [pitiful cough] “Buy me last pape’, lady?”
I actually think it’s rather comically sweet when a person of the male gender walks into a room occupied by a group of girls and says, “Llllllladies.” :D (Unless I’m inclined to dislike the guy, in which case nothing he does is ever right. I can be brutal that way.) I’ve been witness to that scenario once or twice and it made me giggle. Heheh. And you know, making me giggle is one step closer to making me laugh which gets you lots of points in the Beth Book of Yer Alright Lad. Hey, I just made that up! Catchy!
This word of cuteness came up while I was watching… um… well, it was a show… and… someone on there said it…. and… okay, FINE! ITWASONSONNYWITHACHANCE ARE YOU HAPPY NOW!??! Yes, that show has some surprisingly cut stuff in it. I can’t help it; I like stupid cute. Point being, the Chad Dylan Cooper character uses our word of the day creatively and it’s nice. For example, he’ll stop filming mid-scene and yell, “CUT! M’lady’s on the set!” as he rushes over to her. Or… “Can’t you see m’lady is sick!?” I can’t find a small enough clip to show you just one of those examples. But it’s really cute, I promise! :P
I can hear this in my head as a letter’s opening, too. As in, “Dearest Lady…” Was that in a movie that I can’t remember? Hm. Nicodemus Boffin of Our Mutual Friend calls his wife “me old lady” and they are the cutest old couple just about ever.
Conclusion: I wouldn’t mind being called lady.