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Re: Personal titles [was: st: Thanks (was ...) ]


From   Maarten buis <maartenbuis@yahoo.co.uk>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   Re: Personal titles [was: st: Thanks (was ...) ]
Date   Wed, 8 Aug 2007 19:36:15 +0100 (BST)

--- Maarten buis <maartenbuis@yahoo.co.uk> wrote:
> My title is definately not professor (even though I am sometimes
> called that on statalist) 

--- n j cox <n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk> wrote:
> (c) Getting it wrong and giving someone a title they didn't
> earn -- even if in your personal view they deserve a Big Title --
> can be at least as bad. There are cultures in which you flatter
> by exaggeration, but there are cultures where inflation
> is upsetting too, not least (but not only) because programming
> or academic types can be picky people who like to see all the details

For the record, I have never been offended by anyone calling me a
professor. Mostly it provokes an emotion of mild amusement, especially
since the most common mistake people make when they meet me in person
is to mistake me for a (undergraduate) student. 

-- Maarten

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Maarten L. Buis
Department of Social Research Methodology
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Boelelaan 1081
1081 HV Amsterdam
The Netherlands

visiting address:
Buitenveldertselaan 3 (Metropolitan), room Z434

+31 20 5986715

http://home.fsw.vu.nl/m.buis/
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