majoring on minors, was Re: You must be kidding
- Maurice wrote:
>I tend to have the opposite problem, with too many people addressing
> On Wed, 23 Apr 1997, Jim West wrote:
> > A final thought on the thread. Note, if you will, that Professor Hurtado
> > refuses to address me as Dr., even though he does address Dr. Robinson this
> > way. This means, that since I do not hold an academic position, that I am
> > not due the honor which others are who likewise posess an earned doctorate.
> I suspect this is reading more into the matter than is there, Jim.
> Basically all of us in academia don't even use "Dr." among ourselves, but
> are usually on a first name basis in our institutions and generally refer
> to other scholars on a last name basis without titles attached, even in
> scholarly articles.
me (generally in writing or email) as "Dr." when I don't have a claim
to the title. I generally try to give a gentle correction (while
sometimes light-heartedly thanking the person for the promotion!)
because I feel guilty being classed with those of you who have paid
your dues and earned the title. In general practice, I prefer to be
"Dave" to everybody, whether scholars, acquaintances, or even
children. As many have pointed out, it's hard to discern from his
sig that Jim is a "Dr.", but I'm certain that omission of the title
doesn't constitute a slap in the face. If, God willing, I ever do
get my doctorate, I suspect I will still prefer to be called "Dave."
It's just easier to say :-)
"You're so open-minded that your brain leaked out."