Back in the day, the word ma’am (when addressing the Queen) was always pronounced “marm”. British TV shows from before the 80s confirm this.
In the movie The Queen, we are told that the correct pronunciation for ma’am is “ma’am” as in “ham”, and not “ma’am” as in “farm”. Some people seem to think this has always been the case. But it has not.
Is this pronunciation a modern development?
Is it a preference of the current sovereign?
Or have we been pronouncing ma’am wrongly throughout the centuries?