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Re: Honorifics



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A country that doesn’t exist, Mistah John? Why, next you’ll be telling me that the South lost the whoa-wah. Seriously, though, I’m with the Pat-Robertson-in-a-gay-bar reader. The antique customs convey a sense of hierarchy that I think is important to maintain, especially in the younger generations. It’s not empty formality, at least not to me. We’re standing athwart history yelling, “Stop, suh!” You may instruct your young daughter, that pretty little thing, to call me either Mr. Foghorn or Col. Leghorn, as she wishes.

And by the way, any clergyman who asks his parishioners to call him by his first name deserves a sock in the nose. I think that’s in Deuteronomy.



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