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What's in a name?
By Chris Elliott


January 04, 2006

What's in a name? A rose by any other name would smell as sweet. Nobody wants to be a secetary. Everybody wants to be an administrative assistant. Nobody wants to be a housewife. Everybody wants to be a domestic goddess. Women have taken to keeping or hyphenating their maiden names when they marry. I am not sure what the reasoning is. In the 60's, it was the sign of a liberated woman. Like keeping your maiden name made you Gloria Steinem. It's been my experience that those who care so deeply about their "title" are lacking something. While it is technically correct that people who hold Ph.D's are "doctors", I find it rather desperate when they refer to themselves as "Dr. So-and-So". They are not MD's or dentists, they are doctors of philosophy or education or history and not in the same league. Lawyers are "doctors" of jurisprudence. But you never, ever hear them or anyone else refer to them as "Dr. So-and-So". Why is that? I, myself, am a darn good secretary.

Chris Elliott
Ketchikan, AK - USA


About: Chris Elliott 50 year resident of Ketchikan.


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