[INDOLOGY] prof. or mr. or mrs. or ms. etc first name

Valerie Roebuck vjroebuck at btinternet.com
Wed Jun 17 08:32:58 EDT 2015


Quite so. The only situation in which I can imagine anyone saying ‘Dr Valerie’ would be if a family member or close friend were teasing me about my academic pretensions. Otherwise it would be an error.

Valerie J Roebuck
Manchester, UK

> On 17 Jun 2015, at 13:25, Dominik Wujastyk <wujastyk at gmail.com> wrote:
> 
> On 17 June 2015 at 07:45, Arlo Griffiths <arlogriffiths at hotmail.com <mailto:arlogriffiths at hotmail.com>> wrote:
> Dear Prof. Paturi,
> 
> ​... I believe that for most native English speakers it sounds strange to see an academic title combined with a first name rather than the surname,
> 
> ​As a native speaker of British English, I would agree with that.  Nobody actually does it, as far as I know.  If I heard it, in a UK context, I would assume it was an error, and reply, 
> "No, 'Dominik' is my first name.  My family name is 'Wujastyk'."
> 
> Best,
> ​Dr Dominik​ :-)
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