are you the secretary?
leew at wadsworth.org
Mon Feb 26 16:40:23 EST 1996
In article <mcb10-2602961221340001 at 188.8.131.52> mcb10 at cornell.edu (Peggy Barr) writes:
>From: mcb10 at cornell.edu (Peggy Barr)
>Subject: Re: are you the secretary?
>Date: Mon, 26 Feb 1996 12:21:34 -0400
>This is one of my pet peeves, although I don't usually respond to it. I
>have not one but two degrees (DVM and PhD) which entitle me to "Dr." as
>much as the next person, yet I am frequently called "Ms. Barr" or "Mrs.
>Barr" (I am married, but my husband's last name is Stuart). I usually
>ignore it (or say please call me by my first name), unless the offense is
>committed by someone I will continue to see - it sounds a little absurd to
>say "excuse me but I'm DR. Barr...." What do you think? Should I
>continue to ignore it or call attention to the error?
This is only a little analogous, I guess, but I feel the same way (as a PhD),
when talking to an M.D. I remember being introduced by a resident to "Dr. So
and So" as Mr. Lee even though we had just finished chit-chatting about
different topics, including my thesis work. Reminds me of recent Ann Landers
column about PhD's wanting to be called "Dr." in social settings. Her
viewpoint...it is improper. I remember a physician wrote in on the subject
and was livid that we would even have the temerity to consider being addressed
as such. We just don't know our place, I guess.
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