milady and milord

something important about 604 that involves Jeff and Annie I just noticed. The last “Milady Milord” was in S2 when Annie shut him down. After that he stopped saying it to her and always before than, it was only his way to win her over to him (Spanish 101) or it was his way of apologising to her (Football Feminism and You.) 

But now - now 

it’s what we’ve always known it to be - it’s an endearment. 

And his way of showing love and respect to Annie 

And the kicker? She knows exactly what he’s up to (which again lends credence to my theory that she suspects it was her down there in that bunker) and she says it back to him. 

It’s now not something to smooth over or win over - it’s an expression of genuine love. And they both know it. 

milord/milady vs m’lord/m’lady vs my lord/my lady

For writing purposes, I used asearchoficeandfire to look up exactly how GRRM uses these different forms of address (because why take Roose Bolton’s word for anything). 

“Milord” was the least common, used by some King’s Landing prostitutes and Osmund Kettleblack (also of the Crownlands). It was also used by the daughter of the captain of the Myraham, a ship out of Oldtown.

“Milady” is slightly more common that “milord” and lowborn characters from Dorne to the Wall use it. For example, Harwin of Winterfell uses “milady”, as well as Tom Sevenstrings and servants in King’s Landing. 

“M’lord”/”M’lady” is the most common form people of low birth use to address the nobility. Members of the nobility, such as Theon and Sandor, adopt the term when they present/disguise themselves as lowborn. Interestingly, Oswell and Osney Kettleblack use “m’lord” unlike their brother. 

“My lord”/”my lady” is obviously the way the nobility speak, but there were some interesting exceptions. For example, Ser Meryn Trant addresses Cersei as “m’lady”. 

Some members of the “middle class” ie merchants, skilled craftsmen, and very minor nobility use “my lord”/”my lady” (examples: Tobho Mott the armorer, Rennifer Longwaters) while others use “m’lord”/”m’lady) (example: Hallis Mollen) so I think in cases like this, the usage depends on how the reader is supposed to perceive the character, whether the person has been educated or if they wish to be perceived as more important than they are (like Longwaters), etc.