A Question of Honorifics, by Jaq D Hawkins…


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Let me start this diatribe with the assurance that I am in favour of offering gender neutral honorifics. If we must have honorifics at all, an archaic practice that only survives because it has become part of what is commonly known as a ‘police description’, then what business is it of someone across a bank counter or government office desk whether I am married or not or what gender I am? I’m a customer or client, perhaps someone paying my taxes. My gender is simply not relevant.

Honorifics are, of course, those prefixes we are all familiar with. Mr, Miss, Mrs and these days, Ms. Those of us who have reached a certain age will remember when “Ms” came into common use. It was the 1970s feminist movement that objected to being identified by whether a woman was married or not. They came up with a workable alternative, Ms. A…

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