[ExI] Ms. vs. Dr.

natasha at natasha.cc natasha at natasha.cc
Mon Jul 27 18:23:41 UTC 2009

Duh. Of course.

Bty, I used Ms. to state my view of her writing.

(Psst ... I doub she is on this list.)


Quoting Damien Broderick <thespike at satx.rr.com>:

> At 11:57 AM 7/27/2009 -0500, Natasha wrote:
>> Yes I know, but she can still be called Ms. Clarke.
> I mentioned this because you expressed an interest in meeting her in
> Melbourne. My impression is that in Australia it tends to be regarded
> as impolite to refer to someone with a doctorate (or holding a
> professorial chair, etc) as "Mr." or "Ms." I'm always taken aback when
> the NYT does that (except in the case of medicos, apparently). This
> politesse is usually offset in Oz by the person in question waving one
> hand airily and saying, "Call me Bob" (or whatever--I rarely invite
> people to call me "Bob"). By the same token, people you don't know
> (cops, say) really do tend to address you as "mate," rather than "sir"
> (etc), as USians tend to. Formality is such a complex thing.
> Damien Broderick
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