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So, out of curiosity I looked up the definition of "Sirrah" since so many people call Hawke that in Dragon Age 2... and I found this...

"Sirrah is an archaic term used to address inferiors, sometimes as an expression of contempt."

So, makes me wonder... Is it actually respectful in Thedas, or is everyone really being a jerk to Hawke throughout the game and showing contempt? In the case of like Mother Petrice, yeah she means it contemptuously... in fact, actually this makes me hate her even more... by that definition she's pretty much saying "Hawke, you are worthless trash... now do as I say..." AbsolutGrndZer0 (talk) 14:29, September 16, 2013 (UTC)

It's written "Serah" and it's a formal adress to people in Free Marches as equal or lesser status like suffix -san in Japan. "Messere" is a formal adress to superiors. Arishok called Hawke "Serah" as a sign of little respect. That's no reason, but misunderstanding. Your judgement was simply clouded by hatred.78.8.136.83 (talk) 15:11, September 16, 2013 (UTC)
I always figured that Mother Petrice was saying it in a snide way as an indicator that she really didn't think Hawke was deserving of a respectful title. She seemed to be mocking Hawke rather than outright insulting him/her. Kelcat (talk) 18:52, September 16, 2013 (UTC)
Everyone tries to act politely to everyone around, by your logic in every company menagers mock their workers and look down on them. You try to find misbehaviour where is isn't. Everyone tries to hold good image and act politely for a good reputation. If you think that's bad then we all are villains.78.8.136.83 (talk) 19:33, September 16, 2013 (UTC)
I think "Sirrah" is quite commonly mistaken to mean the same as "Sir". When I hear it, I picture people doing impressions of Shakespeare, taking off their hats and doing an elaborate bow. I wouldn't be surprised if it was used in error. The idea of people doing it to secretly insult Hawke is very funny. :D If it's actually spelled "Serah" in the game, though, then I think that's just the writers taking the word and altering it slightly to make it a Thedas word. -Sophia (talk) 18:56, September 16, 2013 (UTC)
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