Thanks to Dr Richard Hall. I used the pencil and popsicle stick scale
to separate my '82 Lincolns. It worked like a charm. Thanks for the
I think if the person has gone through that many years of school to get
their PhD then they deserve to have the title called.. I am in college
and I call my professors that have a PhD. Dr. so and so. They deserve
the title! HOwever, they should not mislead people to believe they are
a medical doctor, and should tell the person what they have there degree
:>Nope PhD. in Physics
: I've always been curious about this when it happens. I'm not trying to
: be intrusive here. And this really is off topic for this newsgroup.
: But since this thread has as its name "Thanks to the doctor," I
: thought I'd ask why you use a Dr. in front of your name. Our society
: regards Dr.'s as medical doctors. If everybody who earned a Ph.D.
: starting calling themselves Dr., there'd be all kinds of confusion.
PhD stands for Philisophical Doctorate. IIRC, the PhD kind of doctor
came before the *** thirsty barbers with their jars of leeches
started calling themselves "doctors". :)
Sometimes people distinguish the kind of doctorate they have with
"subtitles", but you are NOT to assume that all doctors are medical
Dr. Hall is not trying to confuse anyone. His usage of his title is
: Actually, there is all kinds of confusion already with radio call-in
: shows about topics such as sports medicine, nutrition, and psychology
: where the host calls himself Dr. So and So and he's no M.D. but has a
: Ph.D. is some unrelated subject such as art history. People are misled
: (one of my pet peeves). And if Ph.D.s call themselves Dr., should
: those who have earned Master degrees call themselves Master So and So
: and those with Bachelor degrees Bachelor So and So? I've never really
: discussed this with someone who did this. The couple of times I've
: seen the question asked the person just got insulted and huffed I
: earned my doctorate.
No, a PhD is a Doctor. Who do you think, Dr Who is a medical doctor?
I agree. It's a sign of respect.
In the U.S., calling someone who has earned their PhD "Doctor" is SOP. Be
glad you don't have to abide by the unwritten rules of "title etiquette"
prevalent in some areas of Europe. Some titles prefixing names border on
ridiculous. For example, it is not uncommon to hear "Castiti Gospod Inzinir
Doktor Medved." (The Honorable Mister Engineer Doctor Medved!! No
Anka Z, BA
(But also BS on occasion)
Former co-president of the once thriving, but now defunct, Tommy John Fan
> >Nope PhD. in Physics
> I've always been curious about this when it happens. I'm not trying to
> be intrusive here. And this really is off topic for this newsgroup.
> But since this thread has as its name "Thanks to the doctor," I
> thought I'd ask why you use a Dr. in front of your name. Our society
> regards Dr.'s as medical doctors. If everybody who earned a Ph.D.
> starting calling themselves Dr., there'd be all kinds of confusion.
For example, if someone is talking about the legal ramifications of a
transaction, a post by Dr. A. Tourney means something because it can be
assumed that someone with a degree in law will have a better understanding
of the topic than a layman. However, Dr. Art History doesn't really mean
anything in the context of the discussion, and seems like puffery to me.
We have all heard that a million monkeys banging on a million
typewriters will eventually reproduce the entire works of
Shakespeare...Thanks to AOL, we know this is not possible.