Monday, August 27, 2007

That's Dr. Michael to You

When I finished grad school, and people started addressing me as "Dr. Surname", I must admit I found it new and exciting. After a short time, however, I began to expect it. Now I feel ever so slightly insulted when someone calls me "Mr.", even if it's in a context in which the title is irrelevant. I realize that's more than a little conceited, but there it is. I'm a bad person.


  1. Dr. Jamaal12:01 PM

    As haughty as it sounds, the "Dr." thing is imporant especially if you teach at a university. If you let undergrads call you by your forename you are just asking for trouble, they wont respect you. "Mr." can be worse since it implies "no PhD".

  2. Anonymous4:56 AM

    I'm sure you'll be interested to know that you can call Brian May (guitarist of the mighty band Queen) a doctor. Astrophysics. Hum.

  3. Yep, Alison and I have recently rediscovered Queen, and we were reading about May's education and other activities a few days ago. He sounds like a man after my own heart.