Honorary and Courtesy Titles

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What is the difference in baron and baronet?

1st Answer:

Nothing. They are the same person.

2nd Answer:

Baron and baronet are both titles of nobility, but they are very different.

The rank of baron is the lowest of the peerage. This means that barons were allowed to be members of parliament in the House of Lords. For most of the middle ages, the title baron was for a person next in rank below an earl or count.

A baronet is below the rank of baron. The title baronet does not qualify a person as a peer, so a person whose highest title is baronet cannot enter the House of Lords. This means that while a baronet is a nobleman, he is also a commoner, and is qualified for the House of Commons, if he is elected. The next lower title that was used in England was that of a knight. There were very few baronets created during the Middle Ages.

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Is the Title Lord Dr Buck Rogers genuine?

Of course it is real, what a ridiculous question. Buck was born on Primrose Day 2045 as a result an immaculate conception between R2D2 and C3P0. He is currently in training for the Mens 100 metres in London where he expects to run against Darth Vader, Hans Solo and 4 Daleks.

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Mr is correct or Mr. is correct?

In the United States, we use a period. In the UK, one does not. I have no idea why this is so.

An explanation:

In British English, a full stop replaces one or more letters that have been omitted from a word. 'Mr' represents the first and last letters of the word 'Mister'. No letters have been omitted after the 'r', so there is no full stop. Similarly there is no full stop after 'Dr' (Doctor) or 'Mrs' (Mistress, popularly altered to Missus). No abbreviation that includes the last letter of the original word should be followed by a full stop. To British eyes, that shows ignorance.

Examples of the correct (to British English speakers) use of a final full stop include 'e.g.' (short for 'exempli gratia') and 'i.e.' (short for 'id est'). However, there is a growing tendency to leave out final full stops in abbreviations generally.

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What are some connectives like therefore?

Accordingly could do it?

e.g. She is married, therefore, (accordingly, so, consequently) she can be addressed as Mrs. Jones.

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How can you spell Michael in Hungarian?

My Hungarian relatives in Hungary for two hundred years have spelled it Michael and some Mihayl.

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How do you address the male head of family?



You can use sir, father or mister "lastname".

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What is the difference between 'Miss' and 'Ms.'?

== == Women are getting more independent in these modern days so "Miss" means the woman is single, and "Ms." could be a single woman or a married woman. If you were to send a letter to someone and you weren't sure if the woman was married or not you would put "Ms. Smith." Also, some women today are also keeping their surnames after marriage (go by their surname and not their husbands last name) while others will link their surname with that of their new husbands. Eg: Her name is Smith and his is Johnson, so she'd go by "Mary Smith-Johnson." Some women will do this especially if they are in business. "Miss" and "Mrs" are both contractions of "Mistress". "Ms", pronounced "mizz", appeared in the early 20th century as further contraction of both titles which is independent of marital status. [SOED 6th ed]

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A drawing of the outside view of a building?

This is called Elevation!

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What is the proper salutation to a divorced woman?

"Ms Mary Jones," which is the modern neutral term, or simply "Mary Jones." Reversion to "Miss" would be unusual, traditionally denoting a single state for women who have not been married.

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If a young boy is called master what is a young girl called?

"Mistress" is the corresponding term here. When addressing children, the terms are usually used by household servants and other employees of a noble household (not necessarily royalty, but landed gentry) because the child is technically one of the people being waited upon (usually it is the child of the house's "lord" or "lady").

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What is the opposite of Duke?

The title for a male is duke; the title for a female (opposite by gender) is duchess.

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What does Miss stands for?

It is usually applied to an unmarried woman. Whereas missus (Mrs.) would apply to a married woman.

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SAMPLE letter to invite a chief guest?

It means we need sample letter designs about invite the guests for our cultural program

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What do the letters DL after someone's name mean?

In UK. When a Lord-Lieutenant of a county appoints a Deputy Lieutenant, the deputy is entitled to use the post-nominal DL.

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How do you indicate the name you went by on a resume after changing it back to your maiden name after a divorce?

You don't need to indicate it. When you feel out the application it should give you an opportunity to give other names. If you feel it's important put it in parenthese ().

More information needed. I have done quite a bit of work under my married name, and I will be recognized for that name. I want to make the transition to my married name clear, and keep the accomplishments I've achieved in my line of work.

How should I clarify this on my resume or curriculum vitae?

On a resume, there is no place to mark other names used - a resume is the information that you give.

An answer would be greatly appreciated.

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Who was Mr Chapstick?

Mr. Chapstick is a mascot, designed by a big company, like Santa Clause (Coca Cola)Frankenberry (the cereal) and Coco (chocos).

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Can an engineer prefix his name with Er like a doctor writes Dr?

Yes. Engineers in several countries use different prefixes to show that they have a graduate professional degree just like a doctor. In many countries, professional engineers in most fields must hold a state license just like a medical person. For example, in Germany "Ingr" is used. In India, "Er" is used. In some other countries "Engr" is used. All of these are officially allowed and recogonized. In Germany, many professors of engineering will hold a regular PhD and then get a second PhD called a Habillitation. So, it common to see them addressed as "Prof. Dr. Ingr. ABC". A regular PhD holder in engineering would be called "Dr. Ingr.".

Engineers in many western countries, unlike people from other professions, have not pressed for a specific prefix or other recognition. So, it is not common in these countries. But, it is common elsewhere in the world.

On another note, how much self-promotion is needed for a profession determines how much people in the profession advertise and recognize themselves. In the US for instance, it is not uncommon for attorneys to routinely call themselves "Attorney ABC" although no such offical prefix has been approved or required by the American Bar Association- only the Esq. suffix is approved. Then there are the cases of Chiropractors, doctors of naturopathy and other alternative medicines and so on.

But, with the case of "Ingr" or "Er", it IS approved by the respective state bodies and is in common practice. So, it would behoove us to addrees an engineer from those countries by the prefix, even if it is not common in our countries, just as we would address a Frenchman as Monsieur, to be polite.

Interestingly, many suffixes are available to engineers in most countries compared to prefixes. Many countries have a licensing body or a professional organization that assesses and certifies engineers. Certifications and licenses given by them are used as suffixes compared to the Er or Ingr prefixes. In the US for example, a licensed engineer would write P.E. after their name for Professional Engineer. Such a license may be required to practise in some fields of Engineering. In some Commonwealth countries CEng for someone with a "Chartered Engineer" certification is common. In these same countries, a fellowship of the professional organization of engineers is often the highest certification attainable by an engineer, often given after many years and experience and attaining a high standing in the field. In the UK this would be an FRAE (for the Royal Academy of Engineering). In some other countries, it is FIE for the institute of engineers. Almost always, such fellows are addressed with the FIE or FRAE suffixed to their names.

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Why are 'John' and 'Mary' such common names?

John and Mary are both "Bible" names. This has a lot to do with why they are so common. Other names like Paul, Peter, Daniel, Michael, and Anne to name a few are also very common for this same reason.

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What should you call a husband whose wife is dead?

A man whose wife is dead is called a widower.

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What does it mean when the interviewer misses your appointment?

I have no idea, but if you really want the job, call and reschedule on your own. The times or places to meet could have been misunderstood by one of you. If it doesn't work out the second time, you'll probably just have to give up and go for a job at a different company.

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Abbreviation for mister and misses?


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Why is there an "r" in "Mrs."?

Well, language changes over time, and “Mrs.” was originally an abbreviation for “mistress.” The pronunciation eventually became “missus,” of course, but the “r” stuck around.

In early modern England, “mistress” was the direct equivalent to “master,” and while the word’s negative connotation eventually crept into the lexicon, it widely meant “a woman who governs; correlative to subject or servant.” The title didn’t even imply a woman was married, nor did its abbreviation—plenty of unmarried women were given the title “Mrs.” in tax lists, parish listings, and other documents of the time.

By the end of the 18th century, speakers had shortened “mistress” to “missus”; the “r” in its abbreviation just never fell away. Around that same time, the term “miss” came to mean an unmarried woman, and it was then that “missus” (and its outdated abbreviation) came to mean a married woman.

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What are the adjectives to be used in introducing a town mayor?

Insincere and dishonest?

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How do you watch goodbye zoey?

It is possable to get bits and pieces of it. If you go to Stage6.com you can download it. I didn't because I didn't want to risk messing up my computer by downloading it. I'm waiting until the premier on January 4th

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How did mr smith get his job?

Gov. Hopper appoints him


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