The other day I got to wondering when is it okay to be stuffy. The reason this even occurred to me is that two insurance salesmen came to call on me. When they telephoned to make the appointment, they called me by my first name. The entire hour they were sitting in my living room, they addressed me by my first name.
They were at least 20-25 years younger than me. I began to wonder why they were so informal. Would it be stuffy of me to correct them and tell them to call me by my last name?
As a rule, I don’t mind being addressed by my first name. But it occurred to me that this may not be appropriate for business people you have never met. If I decide to correct the way I’m addressed, how do I do it? How old do I have to be to get addressed by my last name?