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Old 03-31-2014, 01:40 PM   #1
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My name is Jones. Dr. Jones.

I was waiting to tee off on a very upscale golf course. There was an elderly gentlemen (will use Jones as his name to protect his identity ) waiting ahead of me, putting around on practice green. A starter comes to him to let him know he's next up on tee. The starter addressed him as Mr. Jones and the gentleman quickly snaps back "Dr. Jones" as if to say "that's Dr. Jones to you, young man." He was quite serious, too. Is this a case of ego or someone who can't let go his pre-retirement identity?
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Old 03-31-2014, 02:22 PM   #2
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Given the age disparity, I suspect it was a respect issue. I have a standard answer for that. Great, Dr..... I also worked hard to earn a title. Please call me Master Keim.

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Old 03-31-2014, 02:35 PM   #3
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Old 03-31-2014, 02:45 PM   #4
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Sounds like ego to me.....did you ask if he was a Proctologist??
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My response would have been "Are you a real doctor, or just a physician?"
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Dr. Jones needs to get over himself. Unfortunately there are too many narcissists in medicine. Assuming he is/was a medical doctor, that is.
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Old 03-31-2014, 02:54 PM   #7
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Dr. Jones needs to get over himself. Unfortunately there are too many narcissists in medicine. Assuming he is/was a medical doctor, that is.
I assume he was a medical Dr. He didn't look nerdy to me - no offense to Ph Ds in this forum. ( I know you are there, too proud to announce yourselves . )
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I require people to address me by "Maestro Joe".
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Old 03-31-2014, 03:14 PM   #9
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Another reason to avoid upscale situations, if at all possible.
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He was probably just a Dentist too......


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OUCH. You mean he wasn't a REAL doctor. That also explains why he was alone. Dentists have no friends.
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Maybe he is just tired of being mistaken for his idiot twin brother named Mr. Jones.

It's funny, because when I moved to Venezuela, people were customarily addressed as "Dr.", especially in the public sector. This puzzled me for a long time until I finally got an explanation from a co-worker. Basically, the thinking was "any idiot can get a University degree and be a Doctor in this town". Instead of being a term of accomplishment, it was a backhanded compliment.
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A while back there was a movement afoot in Germany to only address MDs as Doctor. Don't know what became of it.

Way back when I w*rked with boatloads of Phds only upon introductions we called them Doctors, in house just used first names.
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Dr as backhanded compliment? Chuckle.

It goes without saying that respect is earned, not told. I know when service people (golf course, restaurants) call me Mr. Robnplunder, they are doing so b/c they were told to or to get a better tip. I am no Tiger Wood, or the guy who leaves $5000 tip (yeah, I've heard the news reports on this).
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Another reason to avoid upscale situations, if at all possible.
I try to avoid downscale situations, if at all possible but suspect that the ratio of nice people to rude people is about the same wherever you go.
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when I moved to Venezuela, people were customarily addressed as "Dr.", especially in the public sector.
In Brazil, it's also common (although not quite as much as it used to be) to address people as Doctor regardless of their profession. It was simply one step up in respect from Mister. Typically, a mature professional in any field could be addressed this way.

One exception would be addressing an engineer as "Engineer Jones" and another would be someone with an actual Ph D, who would be called "Professor" (not Doctor). Confusing to foreigners, but it works for them.

I'm told it was a hangover from the days when Brazil was a Portuguese colony. Portugal still uses this custom.
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I only insist when I can further prepend it with "The Evil", as in "The Evil Dr. Butcher"...
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Maybe he is just tired of being mistaken for his idiot twin brother named Mr. Jones.

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Maybe it's about that old Bill Clinton classic: "Me and Mrs. Jones"?
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OUCH. You mean he wasn't a REAL doctor. That also explains why he was alone. Dentists have no friends.
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I have a doctorate in educational administration from a fine (and accredited) university. I earned it over 30 years ago, and it meant something to me as a personal and professional accomplishment. People used it as a sign of respect and I never corrected those who used "Mr." instead. Some of my colleagues and fellow classmates were livid and refused to acknowledge people, if they were not called "Dr.".

I could care less about using "Dr." and, in fact, try to avoid it with tradesmen and repair people as the term usually increases the price for services since they think I'm a rich physician instead of a poor educator!!!!!
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