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(Salon)   Did 50 honorary doctorates give Maya Angelou the right to call herself "Dr. Angelou"? If you answered no, you're a racist   (salon.com) divider line 96
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2014-06-03 09:38:13 AM
7 votes:
i.imgur.com
2014-06-03 10:42:48 AM
6 votes:

Sybarite: Every use of Dr. before you're name when you are not an M.D. is pretentious.


What if you're a Gallifreyan Time Lord?
2014-06-03 11:15:31 AM
5 votes:

Rising Ape: Sybarite: Every use of Dr. before you're name when you are not an M.D. is pretentious.

Dr. was a religious & academic title before physicians adopted it (the original English word for a medical practitioner being "leech"). In fact it comes from the Latin word for "teacher",

Insisting on it non-professionally is a bit pretentious, but that's true for medical doctors too.


Even more pretentious for a lawn mower.

i.ytimg.com
2014-06-03 10:43:39 AM
5 votes:
2.bp.blogspot.com

It's Dr. Evil, I didn't spend six years in Evil Medical School to be called "mister," thank you very much.
2014-06-03 10:44:49 AM
4 votes:

Marcus Aurelius: Sybarite: Every use of Dr. before you're name when you are not an M.D. is pretentious.

^ This.  If you have a PhD and insist on being called "doctor", you are most likely a complete moron that wishes they were actually intelligent.


My former boss didn't want to be called doctor or have phd attached to his name on correspondence... Unless he was writing to someone who on his estimation would be impressed by or care about that kind of nonsense. It was actually kind of fun when he'd return some of the letters I drafted, so that I may add 'phd'. It basically would let me know which government officials he thought were idiots.
2014-06-03 09:41:10 AM
4 votes:

media.giphy.com

2014-06-03 12:06:27 PM
3 votes:

UtileDysfunktion: Queen Latifah isn't really a queen, either.


And Prince Fielder isn't really a fielder.
2014-06-03 11:49:01 AM
3 votes:
Doctor Maya Eyes Angelou. A musical tribute by Jackson Browne.
2014-06-03 11:20:44 AM
3 votes:

lamecomedian: This is my favorite part:

"Maya Angelou's work and words were a mainstay of my childhood. I vividly remember my mother's copy of "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" lying around the house....Even though I didn't read "Caged Bird" until college"


It really tied the room together.
2014-06-03 10:54:07 AM
3 votes:

sigdiamond2000: If you think an honorary doctorate doesn't give Maya Angelou the right to call herself "Doctor," that's a perfectly legitimate opinion.

If your first reaction to Maya Angelou's death is pointing out that she's "not a real doctor," you're probably a racist.


Did she play one on TV?

/And which antacid did she recommend?
2014-06-03 10:46:55 AM
3 votes:

borg: Sybarite: Every use of Dr. before you're name when you are not an M.D. is pretentious.

What about a DDS or DVM ?


If you refuse to call a DDS a Dr., you're a rabid anti-dentite!
2014-06-03 09:56:42 AM
3 votes:
img2.wikia.nocookie.net
2014-06-03 01:11:36 PM
2 votes:

I Browse: Kope:

Seriously - you can name the most innocuous, nicest, classiest famous, accomplished black person you can, and someone out there is trying to tear them down.


Sadly, you're probably right. I've been sitting here for like five minutes trying to think of another famous black person who would be universally respected. I dunno...Crispus Attucks maybe?


blog.timesunion.com
2014-06-03 01:05:38 PM
2 votes:

ikanreed: I don't know why I bother.


I don't know either.  You're not making the slightest bit of sense.  Ooops, I must be racist.
2014-06-03 12:07:31 PM
2 votes:

Boxcutta: demarke: FLMountainMan: Sybarite: Every use of Dr. before you're name when you are not an M.D. is pretentious.

Yep.  So is signing "Esq." (unless you really need to emphasize or clarify that you are writing the letter as a legal representative for someone)

As an Esq, I totally agree.

Not only that, but it is grammatically incorrect to refer to yourself as Esquire. Rather, in the US it may (and should) be used when addressing another attorney. Here in the Northeast, it's commonplace, however.

http://www.grammarphobia.com/blog/2010/06/is-it-proper-to-refer-to-o ne self-as-esq.html


Says you.

s3.media.squarespace.com
2014-06-03 11:56:20 AM
2 votes:

topcon: DROxINxTHExWIND: topcon: *Another post about hating something associated with black people*

Ok. We get it.

It must suck constantly getting the equivalent of gold stars (to use someone's analogy) based purely on your race.  Put Maya Angelou's poetry in a vacuum detached from the person who wrote it and no one would care about it.



In space, no one can hear you rhyme.
2014-06-03 11:52:57 AM
2 votes:

untaken_name: Snarfangel: I think only philosophers should be granted Ph.D's.

What *is* a philosopher, really?


More importantly: why?
2014-06-03 11:43:31 AM
2 votes:
I just think she should have been buried in a bus.  In the FRONT seat.
Bf+
2014-06-03 11:23:13 AM
2 votes:
This just in...
jlcauvin.comwww.unysonlogistics.com

We're not making any claims, just questioning the validity Rug Doctor's "degree".  Is he really a doctor, or was the document "doctored"?
Joining us on our panel, ladies and gentlemen, is Joe the Plumber... Welcome, Joe.
2014-06-03 11:07:56 AM
2 votes:

Snarfangel: I think only philosophers should be granted Ph.D's.


What *is* a philosopher, really?
2014-06-03 10:54:33 AM
2 votes:
If you mean she's a doctor like Dr. Pepper is a doctor, then yes she's a doctor.
2014-06-03 10:48:01 AM
2 votes:
"Brittney Cooper is a contributing writer at Salon, and teaches Women's and Gender Studies and Africana Studies at Rutgers."
'nuf said.
Bf+
2014-06-03 10:42:06 AM
2 votes:
I don't care, I'm still naming my son "Dr. Judge Bf+ the Third, PHD"
2014-06-03 10:01:21 AM
2 votes:
If you were awarded an honorary doctorate from some big froo froo school that didn't want you to use the 'Dr.' prefix, then you should just go get another one from Uncle Earl's Hairdo and Nail College, too.
2014-06-03 09:56:17 AM
2 votes:
Dr. Stephen Colbert D.F.A. disagrees.
2014-06-04 09:12:50 AM
1 votes:

Hermione_Granger: This thread...not exactly a bastion of tolerance now is it?

Some days I really hate Fark. This is one of them.


Maybe one day you'll hate it so much you go away forever.

One can only hope...
pla
2014-06-03 10:16:40 PM
1 votes:
Say, can someone pass me the popcorn?  This could go on for another few hundred messages!

/ You will all please address me as "Laird pla", since I own land.
// Not in Scotland, necessarily, but if I went there, I would technically still own land.  :)
2014-06-03 05:42:06 PM
1 votes:

ikanreed: lamecomedian: "You don't get to deny people a title on the basis of how much you like their work. "

That is literally what dissertation committees do. Of course, Maya Angelou wouldn't know anything about that.

No, it isn't.  But that gross simplification and raising yourself to the rank of an expert when many experts already granted her the title you're petulantly arguing over does seem kind of shiatty.


I didn't award myself a degree. I worked hard and wrote a thesis to earn it from an accredited university. Which is more than Maya Angelou ever did for hers.
2014-06-03 05:35:47 PM
1 votes:
"You don't get to deny people a title on the basis of how much you like their work. "

That is literally what dissertation committees do. Of course, Maya Angelou wouldn't know anything about that.
2014-06-03 04:08:01 PM
1 votes:

ikanreed: you can believe something is bad and still engage in it as a minor personal flaw. Being an active proponent of bad things is worse.


So when you come out and say "you guys are being gay lol," that's just a 'minor personal flaw' and somehow a less 'active' aggression than saying she didn't write good poetry. You're full of shiat. And attacking my world view (1 dimensional?) as if you know where I'm coming from when I haven't said shiat on the subject other than posted a video of Maya Angelou from the Richard Pryor Show (RIP both) that I remembered as being quite poignant and dramatic for a sketch comedy show, thinking people might appreciate that bit of entertainment history? That makes you look even worse. You are painting everyone who you even perceive as disagreeeing with you with the same brush. You look like a fool in here and your head is way too far up your own sanctimonious ass to realize it.
2014-06-03 03:59:12 PM
1 votes:
I hereby grant all of you honorary doctorates, priesthoods, knighthoods, papacies, and whatever the hell else you want. You are free to call yourself whatever the hell you want, because nobody gives a shiat. They're equally meaningless on everybody.

Sincerely,
His Holiness the Rev. Dr. Pope John Paul George Ringo Bonobo LXII, Esq. OBE, God-Emperor of the Universe.
2014-06-03 03:50:10 PM
1 votes:

someonelse: UtileDysfunktion: Queen Latifah isn't really a queen, either.

And Prince Fielder isn't really a fielder.


As a Brewer fan --
Keyboard, new, owe...
/Hope Prince recovers from his surgery and does well.
//Not against Milwaukee, though.
2014-06-03 03:44:34 PM
1 votes:

ikanreed: stonicus: ikanreed: This text is now purple: American schools started to award Ph.D.s in 1861. When did Ben Franklin die? When did Maya Angelou die?

Oh, right, because degrees earned post-death are definitely the most respected, overall.  This makes the argument even weaker, not stronger.  God, it's like every paper I've read about symbolic racism encoded into totally self-deluded forum posts was full of shiat

FTFY

Oh, good to know that you deny basic observable facts about racial bias, that have been recorded through academic proceedings.     Now we can understand that you're just straight-up pro-racism.


You're right.  I am so racist.  I bleed racism.  I only eat the inside of Oreos.  Clearly, the *only* reason someone might not like Maya's poetry is that they are racist.  Couldn't possibly be they just don't like it.  It can only be because of the color of her skin.  Thank you for showing me the light.  And thank god it is white light.
2014-06-03 03:27:14 PM
1 votes:
Let's expand this thread.  Does anyone remember when Ed Meese was the US Attorney General and insisted upon being called "General Meese" (and had the protocol rules changed to support this)? Was that wrong?
2014-06-03 03:11:59 PM
1 votes:

Wook: Seriously folks, aside from being a podium piece for leftist self-proclaimed intellectuals and politicians, I'm going out on a limb to suggest that less than a few in a hundred of you even have read any of her poetry.  But please go ahead and climb on the wagon.

So how long until she replaces the Dali Lama as a bumper sticker for Prius drivers?


I'm sure you complain about those "smug elitists" on the left too.
2014-06-03 03:11:44 PM
1 votes:

lamecomedian: ikanreed: stonicus: Well, nobody, even us, likes being called out. I am sure you wouldn't like it if we started pointing out how anti-semitic you've been in this thread.

Oh no.  I know how much it stings when the KKK accuses me of being a Nazi.   Seriously?  You think I go: "Oh no, that accusation rings true and isn't some insane attempt to divert discussion with purposeful intent"

Look.  You have made a very clear argument that identifies your position without ambiguity.  "Franklin was a great man because of his accomplishments, but for [personal reasons we promise aren't fundamentally racist, in spite of overwhelming-no-really-shut-the-fark-up-this-is-a-point-not-up-for-de b ate evidence, Angelou isn't]."

I was the one who made the point about Franklin.  Try and keep up.


You all look alike.
2014-06-03 03:07:13 PM
1 votes:

lamecomedian: This comic was written about you.


I don't think so. In the comic someone wants him to come to bed with them.
2014-06-03 03:00:31 PM
1 votes:

stonicus: ikanreed: Nice makeout session you two:

"You're the non-racist guy"
"No you're right and you're the non racist guy"
"Your incorrect opinion is right"
"Oooh now give me a reach around"

Well, if nobody was taking you seriously before, this will surely get them to believe in you.  =)


Did you notice the anti-gay sentiment that's implied by that post?  We may be racists, but at least we're not HOMOPHOBES!
2014-06-03 02:58:32 PM
1 votes:

Fafai: Mike Tyson in his prime would have destroyed any of these UFC guys in their prime. Any one of them you could possibly name.


That's Dr.  Tyson to you.
2014-06-03 02:49:25 PM
1 votes:

someonelse: UtileDysfunktion: Queen Latifah isn't really a queen, either.

And Prince Fielder isn't really a fielder.


This post is more deserving of an honorary degree than Maya Angelou is.
2014-06-03 02:48:35 PM
1 votes:

ikanreed: Nice makeout session you two:

"You're the non-racist guy"
"No you're right and you're the non racist guy"
"Your incorrect opinion is right"
"Oooh now give me a reach around"


Well, if nobody was taking you seriously before, this will surely get them to believe in you.  =)
2014-06-03 02:35:11 PM
1 votes:
upload.wikimedia.org

Dr. Bush has honorary doctorates from (at least) Yale, Harvard, and Dartmouth.
2014-06-03 02:07:35 PM
1 votes:
Here's a simpler explanation:

If you're not going to raise your hand the next time a pilot on the flight you're on asks if there are any doctors available to help with an emergency, then I'm not going to call you one either.
2014-06-03 12:59:39 PM
1 votes:

Kope: It doesn't take great google fu to find similiarly ludicrous things about any famous black person.


FTFY. Farkers looking for racism where there is none? I am FARKING SHOCKED.
2014-06-03 12:59:01 PM
1 votes:

ikanreed: stonicus: Racist? Misogynist? I don't see how in the hell you get either of those from that. All I get from his words is that he doesn't place much value on poetry or literature. I also agree that some of Benjamin Franklin's inventions exceed the work of any poem. Even poems written by white males. Am I also a misogynist racist?

This is exactly how I knew it would go.  "No no no, it can't be racism, here's irrelevant point that could mean its' something else"

It's so damned 1 dimensional.


"Irrelevant" doesn't mean "contrary to my opinion."

It's okay.  Reasoning is hard when you think everything is racism.
2014-06-03 12:50:43 PM
1 votes:

sigdiamond2000: If you think an honorary doctorate doesn't give Maya Angelou the right to call herself "Doctor," that's a perfectly legitimate opinion.

If your first reaction to Maya Angelou's death is pointing out that she's "not a real doctor," you're probably a racist.


What if I point out that she's a terrible poet?
2014-06-03 12:48:23 PM
1 votes:
Kope:

Really? If you think about it, can you name an accomplished black person who is not divisive in American culture? Even Bill Cosby has his haters.


Al Roker is always my go-to answer. He's about as non-controversial as you can be.
2014-06-03 12:41:10 PM
1 votes:
TL;DR all of these comments.  Just came in to point out that I'm also a honorary Doctor.  Rev. Dr. to be precise thanks to the Universal Life Church.  My wife is also a Doctor, but she did it the hard way by going to Doctorat school for about 7 years...sucker!
2014-06-03 12:38:05 PM
1 votes:

untaken_name: Snarfangel: I think only philosophers should be granted Ph.D's.

What *is* a philosopher, really?


oi58.tinypic.com

/ depends on the week
2014-06-03 12:33:19 PM
1 votes:

Sybarite: Every use of Dr. before you're name when you are not an M.D. is pretentious.


As a collegue of mine noted, when a general practice physician and collegue insisted he not refer to him by his first name but use the appalletion "Dr.":

"My PhD is 9 years of post-graduate research in which one valuably contributes to the expansion of human knowledge and demonstrated mastery of a field. Your MD is a glorified master's degree with an extended practicum. I am a rocket science, and you're not a brain surgeon. If you want to get uppity, I'm 'Dr.' you're 'Ted'."
2014-06-03 12:32:11 PM
1 votes:
she truly was a genius...

"We had him" (written for the Michael Jackson tribute)

Beloveds, now we know that we know nothing, now that our bright and shining star can slip away from our fingertips like a puff of summer wind.
Without notice, our dear love can escape our doting embrace. Sing our songs among the stars and walk our dances across the face of the moon.
In the instant that Michael is gone, we know nothing. No clocks can tell time. No oceans can rush our tides with the abrupt absence of our treasure.
Though we are many, each of us is achingly alone, piercingly alone.
Only when we confess our confusion can we remember that he was a gift to us and we did have him.
He came to us from the creator, trailing creativity in abundance.
Despite the anguish, his life was sheathed in mother love, family love, and survived and did more than that.
He thrived with passion and compassion, humor and style. We had him whether we know who he was or did not know, he was ours and we were his.
We had him, beautiful, delighting our eyes.
His hat, aslant over his brow, and took a pose on his toes for all of us.
And we laughed and stomped our feet for him.
We were enchanted with his passion because he held nothing. He gave us all he had been given.
Today in Tokyo, beneath the Eiffel Tower, in Ghana's Black Star Square.
In Johannesburg and Pittsburgh, in Birmingham, Alabama, and Birmingham, England
We are missing Michael.
But we do know we had him, and we are the world.
Bf+
2014-06-03 12:23:00 PM
1 votes:

someonelse: UtileDysfunktion: Queen Latifah isn't really a queen, either.

And Prince Fielder isn't really a fielder.



Congrats you evoked a LLOL.
That there is genius.
2014-06-03 12:17:23 PM
1 votes:

GnomePaladin: nickdaisy: Maya Angelou was incredibly overrated and didn't deserve 1/100th the attention she received.

What about her work did you find lacking?

And as long as we're on be subject, Martin Luther King Jr wasn't exactly a respected academic, either.

At the risk of understating the obvious, Dr. King was not exactly known best for his academic achievements.  What was the point of that statement?


It seems he plagiarized his Doctoral Thesis or much of it.. so claims Dr. David Duke who received his Ph.D on the internet from a school in the Ukraine.
2014-06-03 12:04:26 PM
1 votes:
cdn2.thelineofbestfit.com
2014-06-03 12:03:40 PM
1 votes:

kortex: No. Hopefully her death will spearhead the effort to stop forcing children to read her shiatty book though. That was my most hated part of 9th grade English


iat looks like English was your "most hated" part about 9th grade English.
2014-06-03 12:02:49 PM
1 votes:
Queen Latifah isn't really a queen, either.
2014-06-03 12:01:26 PM
1 votes:

stonicus: Marcus Aurelius: Sybarite: Every use of Dr. before you're name when you are not an M.D. is pretentious.

^ This.  If you have a PhD and insist on being called "doctor", you are most likely a complete moron that wishes they were actually intelligent.

[upload.wikimedia.org image 232x300]
I bet you absolutely hate this guy.
(He's only an honorary Kentucky Colonel)



It's an insult to real southern colonels like the great Colonel Angus.

s.yimg.com
2014-06-03 11:58:56 AM
1 votes:
My favorite story about Mike Tyson (yeah, that Mike Tyson) being awarded an honorary doctorate:

High school drop out, boxing champion, jailbird and honorary doctor, Mike Tyson upset his hosts at Central State University when making his acceptance speech. "I wasn't sure what kind of doctor I was, but looking at all the lovely sisters here, I think I'll be a doctor of gynecology," he said.


I give his "Doctorate" the same weight I give Angelou's.
2014-06-03 11:56:53 AM
1 votes:
i.imgur.com
2014-06-03 11:48:38 AM
1 votes:
How long did you spend making your neat little list?

I bet you've got an impressive ignore list and all kinds of cool color codes for other farkers.

Actually, you're the only one I have color coded in this whole thread, and it's entirely an accident.  Someone in another thread was claiming climate change deniers change their stories, so I went back through the idiots, and marked them all with the arguments they were making(the results of my research was just that they were diverse morons, not giant hypocrites).  Yours was a particularly stupid "Scientists will change their minds in 30 years because I'm a magic prognosticator", if you didn't know already.



Farking spot on!  Thanks for the confirmation.
2014-06-03 11:47:38 AM
1 votes:
An honorary doctorate is like the adult version of receiving a gold star in kindergarten.
2014-06-03 11:46:34 AM
1 votes:

I KNOW WHY THE CAGED BIRD SINGS

But I'm not going to tell you

Bf+
2014-06-03 11:38:55 AM
1 votes:

frontwheeldriver: Kraftwerk Orange: Bf+: I don't care, I'm still naming my son "Dr. Judge Bf+ the Third, PHD"

Recently I've been trying to convince Mrs. Orange that our first child should be named "Lord Chancellor".  She's not on board completely, but she does agree it has a nice ring to it.  "Chance" would make a great nickname.

I think "Supreme Commander" has a nice ring



My kids will hate me...
"Galtar, Destroyer of Worlds... Galtar?  Galtar, Destroyer of Worlds?"
"Here."
2014-06-03 11:38:28 AM
1 votes:
I hate her because she was always blubbering anti-Semitic crap, her work and support of the Nation of Islam and opening her 'classes' in Arabic, slamming the Jews.

She was a Grade A +++ icon of the leftist puke bags
2014-06-03 11:33:44 AM
1 votes:
I have a black belt and a MS degree.

I insist on being called "Master Sensei Merdeux."


People usually just say, "STFU and give my Quarter Pounder, arsehole."
2014-06-03 11:28:35 AM
1 votes:
Is it racist to point out that her writing was quite childish and banal?
2014-06-03 11:25:25 AM
1 votes:

untaken_name: stonicus: If it takes X number of hours learning literature to become a Doctor in it, and she has 10 times that amount from actually living it and doing it, then why shouldn't it count?

For the same reason that I don't get an honorary CDL just because I've been driving a car for a long time.


The same reason I don't have an honorary Linux credential even though I've ran Linux for 11 years and have done hundreds of installs.
2014-06-03 11:24:59 AM
1 votes:

Sybarite: Every use of Dr. before you're name when you are not an M.D. is pretentious.


Look at supervillains. They ALL use their title. They like it to be known that they're doctors, dammit. But you never see Bruce Banner correcting anyone for not calling him Dr Banner.
2014-06-03 11:21:35 AM
1 votes:
Also not a doctor.:

news.kjosy.com
2014-06-03 11:21:07 AM
1 votes:
Dr. Bill Cosby, JP

(jello puddin')
2014-06-03 11:18:35 AM
1 votes:

Marcus Aurelius: Sybarite: Every use of Dr. before you're name when you are not an M.D. is pretentious.

^ This.  If you have a PhD and insist on being called "doctor", you are most likely a complete moron that wishes they were actually intelligent.


upload.wikimedia.org
I bet you absolutely hate this guy.
(He's only an honorary Kentucky Colonel)
2014-06-03 11:17:55 AM
1 votes:

stonicus: If it takes X number of hours learning literature to become a Doctor in it, and she has 10 times that amount from actually living it and doing it, then why shouldn't it count?


For the same reason that I don't get an honorary CDL just because I've been driving a car for a long time.
2014-06-03 11:16:33 AM
1 votes:
This is my favorite part:

"Maya Angelou's work and words were a mainstay of my childhood. I vividly remember my mother's copy of "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" lying around the house....Even though I didn't read "Caged Bird" until college"
2014-06-03 11:14:41 AM
1 votes:

Jack Harper: Marcus Aurelius: Sybarite: Every use of Dr. before you're name when you are not an M.D. is pretentious.

^ This.  If you have a PhD and insist on being called "doctor", you are most likely a complete moron that wishes they were actually intelligent.

I don't intend to insist on being called Dr., but I think anyone who got a PhD by apprenticing under a professor and doing original research has every right to be called Dr. That's what it used to mean. M.D.s co-opted it when they were actually something like apprentices. Now it's just a professional certificate, so why not let the DDSs, ODs, DOs, and EdDs further sully the title?


Ditto. I'm not getting the damn thing to be called "Doctor," but I reserve that right; it's a lot of hard work, regardless of what others may think about its practical value. It's true that plenty of PhDs are idiots outside of their area of specialty, but plenty of mundanes regular folks are like that too.

In line at the bank: doesn't matter, won't use it. At a conference of my peers: matters, will use it if everyone else is. In the classroom: sort of matters, may use it.  Picking up/impressing women: too sad to contemplate.
2014-06-03 11:13:52 AM
1 votes:
"I'm not a doctor, but I do look like one; and I'm being paid to ask you this important question..."

/Police State
//Police State
///Police State
//Help! It's the police!
2014-06-03 11:13:34 AM
1 votes:
Why is this even a debate?  It's very simple.  If you can't prescribe medicine, you're not a doctor.

You may have "doctorate" degree in something other than medicine, and that's great.  Looks nice on a resume, but it doesn't make you a doctor.

Also, if you don't have an MD and insist that people call you 'doctor', you're a narcissistic farkwad who more than likely flunked-out of Med School like all the other chiropractors.

/Bill Cosby has at least one honorary doctorate.  I don't see him running around referring to himself as, Dr. Bill Cosby.
2014-06-03 11:07:31 AM
1 votes:

chimp_ninja: Sybarite: Every use of Dr. before you're name when you are not an M.D. is pretentious.

The first rule is that it replaces "Mr."/"Ms."  Normally when you're talking to other people, including co-workers, you don't insist on being called "Mr."/"Ms.", so the title is irrelevant.

The second rule is that it only matters in a professional context, not for restaurant reservations and other BS.  Oooh.  You have a Ph.D.  Sadly for you, you need the same amount of food as the rest of us, so get in line and keep it to yourself.

The third rule is that you never correct anyone for yourself, because it makes you look worse than just not having the title.

Am I being introduced at a business meeting?  Am I picking a signature for a work email to someone that doesn't already know me?  Then I'm Dr. _ninja.  Otherwise, it never gets used.


this.  When my students call me Dr. Hyjamon, I don't correct them...Other faculty have heard this and (since they know I don't have a Ph.D) ask me why I don't correct the students.

My response is "They know quality when they see it."

/I have had a few students that knew I didn't have a Ph.D and they would still call me Dr., but they do it out of respect and to irk the other professors who aren't the best teachers who have Ph.D's
2014-06-03 11:06:39 AM
1 votes:
When I check-in at the hotel I stay at while in Denver I always make a point to say I'm a State employee (University) so I can get the discount. As soon as they learn I work at a school they start calling me "Dr." Melgoesontour. I don't bother correcting them.
2014-06-03 11:05:45 AM
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FTFA:"To him and his ridiculousness, I say, "Oppenheimer, be for real." "

Well, the author does have her opponent firmly in the iron grip of logic.

The bottom line is pretty much if you don't actually earn a PhD or MD, you don't rate the honorific doctor.  An honorary doctorate means that the school really likes you, and that you are kinda awesome based on that, but it's not an official PhD/MD.  Angilou is wrong for calling herself Dr Angilou.

/go ahead.  I've been called racist by better looking people than YOU.
2014-06-03 11:05:33 AM
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If Mr Scholls can use the Doctor prefix, so can Maya.

/besides, most ladies nowadays are impressed by a TotalFarker title than a Dr.
2014-06-03 11:05:26 AM
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I think only philosophers should be granted Ph.D's.
2014-06-03 11:02:38 AM
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Marcus Aurelius: Sybarite: Every use of Dr. before you're name when you are not an M.D. is pretentious.

^ This.  If you have a PhD and insist on being called "doctor", you are most likely a complete moron that wishes they were actually intelligent.


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2014-06-03 11:01:40 AM
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Is she currently feeding the worms? Dead as a doornail? Croaked? Titsup? TangoUniform?
2014-06-03 11:01:22 AM
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Honorary degrees don't confer any rights to anyone other than the right to proclaim that you have received an honorary doctorate. If you think they do, please, allow someone with an honorary doctorate to operate on you.
2014-06-03 10:59:34 AM
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Kann: not everything has to be viewed though a prism of race and sex


When that's your stock in trade..... and all you have is a hammer...
2014-06-03 10:58:33 AM
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Rurouni: If you mean she's a doctor like Dr. Pepper is a doctor, then yes she's a doctor.


Strangely enough, it's officially just "Dr Pepper", not "Dr. Pepper".  I think we've been pronouncing it wrong all this time.
2014-06-03 10:55:15 AM
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An honorary doctorate still has more merit than one obtained from Liberty University.
2014-06-03 10:52:21 AM
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Marcus Aurelius: Sybarite: Every use of Dr. before you're name when you are not an M.D. is pretentious.

^ This.  If you have a PhD and insist on being called "doctor", you are most likely a complete moron that wishes they were actually intelligent.


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2014-06-03 10:51:25 AM
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nickdaisy: And as long as we're on be subject, Martin Luther King Jr wasn't exactly a respected academic, either.


That's Dr. M. L. King to you, asshole.
2014-06-03 10:48:59 AM
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I see Doctorum Adamus Cum Flabello Dulce earns me a pretentious title... excellent....
2014-06-03 10:48:52 AM
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Of course she has the right to demand that people refer to her as "Dr.".

I have the right to demand that people refer to me as "Your Holiness".

Nobody is under any obligation to call me anything at all, nor forbidden from calling me whatever they want.

Therefore, this entire discussion is stupid.
2014-06-03 10:47:11 AM
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www.quickmeme.com
2014-06-03 10:42:31 AM
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Try calling the restaurant guy in whites a cook, talk about misplaced sensitivity.
2014-06-03 10:15:01 AM
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Every use of Dr. before you're name when you are not an M.D. is pretentious.
2014-06-03 10:03:35 AM
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If you think an honorary doctorate doesn't give Maya Angelou the right to call herself "Doctor," that's a perfectly legitimate opinion.

If your first reaction to Maya Angelou's death is pointing out that she's "not a real doctor," you're probably a racist.
2014-06-03 09:57:17 AM
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Angry Drunk Bureaucrat: Dr. Stephen Colbert D.F.A. disagrees.


Damnit, you.
 
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