This week a stranger called me a mentsh in recognition of my demeanor on the phone. He explained that it was the highest compliment and obviously he meant it to apply to me in a female sense, "dear." Then he apologized for the informality of "dear" to which I replied, "Oh, it's quite all right." He took a breath and said, "Wow, you really are a lady."
It was a great personal triumph.
Mostly because the odd prosodic features of my speech are well noted, i.e. I've got a weird voice. I've got a weird, weird voice.