I really seldom to “questions to the public” as I like to figure out things for myself, but here is one that I am a bit perplexed by.
Me: phone rings …. hello Celeste speaking ….
Person: Hello, this is Pastor Bill …..
Me: Err …. hi Bill, how are you …
Person: Fine thank you ….
And then he continues to chat. Further on he referred to himself as Pastor Bill again.
Would it be fair to say “Listen Pastor Bill, I’d like a do over you can’t call me Celeste any more …. I think Mrs or Her Serene Highness is going to work better.”
Of course I am not. Because giving yourself a title, unless you are Darth Vader makes you sound like a fucktard!! And why can he not just be Bill.
This by the way, is not a religious rant – I have the same issue when I am dealing with people who call themselves Mr or Mrs.
Why would someone introduce themselves with a title? Please bear in mind he is not my Pastor. Can you give yourself a title — and when is it considered correct to refer to yourself by an external title?
I often speak to people who refer to themselves as Mr or Mrs and this is in response to me introducing myself by my first name.
I gauge from their voices that I am probably older than they are.
So my question is why would you ever refer to yourself with a title, unless you need to address a letter to yourself and then why the hell would you choose to?
The social etiquette around this makes me giddy with excitement.
Seriously who actually refers to themselves with a title, and for what reason?