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Brand Selvia

They can have their titles ... right?

Posted Friday, March 26, 2021, at 1:52 PM
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  • Oh, the conundrums we create!!!! So, staying on your topic, what are your thoughts on a person who is gifted an honorary doctor using doctor/ Dr. in their name going forward?

    -- Posted by beg on Fri, Mar 26, 2021, at 2:30 PM
    Response by Brand Selvia, Staff Writer - Banner Graphic:
    Beg: I don't think anyone given a honorary doctorate should use it in a professional sense, and I haven't seen anyone do so. They are given to recognize someone's accomplishments, and there is no reason to be obtuse about this.
  • I agree with you and wasn't my intent to be obtuse. I liked all the angles you provided and offered another for the exercise of conversation.

    Sadly, you assume the worst from my post. Why would you do that? There was nothing mean. I didn't challenge anything you wrote.

    I didn't even use sarcastic language. So, I will ask a serious question- Wouldn't we be better off assuming the best and let that be proven wrong rather than assume the worst from someone?

    Maybe that is just where we are in today's society. Hard to build unity when assuming the worst in someone.

    -- Posted by beg on Fri, Mar 26, 2021, at 7:40 PM
    Response by Brand Selvia, Staff Writer - Banner Graphic:
    Beg: What made you think I necessarily directed that toward you? The point goes back to people thinking they would use "Dr." just because they've been given it in that way. I stand by my answer to your question.
  • I apologize. I took the last 10 words personally. So, I am guilty of doing the same I accused you of!!!

    I owe you an apology and will do better on heeding my own thoughts.

    Enjoy your weekend and thanks for engaging.

    -- Posted by beg on Fri, Mar 26, 2021, at 8:59 PM
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    Perhaps another form is needed to differentiate "medical" doctors (MDs, etc) from "philosophical" doctors (PhDs)... much the same way that most lawyers are "doctor"s for having gone to graduate school to obtain a Juris Doctorate, but instead of using "Dr" as an honorific at the beginning of their name, their honorific is usually noted as "J.D." post surname.

    Or you could simply refer to DOCTOR Ross Geller, who will tell you that it is perfectly acceptable (and likely proper) to bestow the "Dr" honorific upon a PhD.

    -- Posted by dreadpirateroberts on Thu, Apr 1, 2021, at 11:40 AM
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