I tweeted on the issue of Writers and Honorifics today; I was triggered by a tweet on my TL. I’m sure it’s not an issue for most but for a few of us (irreverent Africans perhaps), this irks.
Me, I think the Prof. title doesn’t make the writer. Instead, the writer makes the academic institution!
(Those wanting to respond with “but this is African culture; in our culture, we respect our elders’ or some such need not respond to this post. Thank you)
Africans are so big on honorifics as some sort of needless validation. It’s more about the show rather than the work. The most ridiculous I’ve heard has been in the church: ‘More Reverend Dr. So and so’ or ‘Most Reverend Dr. So and so’
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