[LMB] Titles

Howard Brazee howard at brazee.net
Wed Sep 14 21:38:13 BST 2011


On Sep 14, 2011, at 11:37 AM, Peter Granzeau wrote:

> At 09:29 AM 9/14/2011, Howard Brazee wrote:
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>> On Sep 13, 2011, at 5:08 PM, Peter Granzeau wrote:
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>>> I believe it was Henry VII who first became "Your Majesty" instead of "Your Grace".  Note that he was the first non-Plantagent Kind of England.
>> 
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>> I tend to laugh at such titles, especially when I look at their origins.  And especially when I look at the titles used for a "humble" position such as a church official.   "The Most Reverend" is a title?
> 
> It's an honorific, not a title.  A title would be "Bishop" or "Rector".  I don't mind honorifics in general, but I do dislike calling bible thumpers "Reverend", so essentially I agree with you.  Luckily, some denominations have other honorifics ("Pastor", for instance).
> 


When an honorific goes to everybody with that job title - I question how much it is an honorific and how much it is a title.    Is every king majestic?   Does every "your grace" deserve thanks from his people?


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