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call me Countess

When Scott was signing up with United, he found that he was required to give a title. Of course, rather than just having the generic ones, they went all out. Choices include:

Mr, Ms, Mrs, Miss, Dr, 1sgt, 1stLt, 2ndLt, Adm, Baron, Baroness, Bishop, BrigGen, Brother, Cantor, Capt, Cardinal, Cmdr, Cmst, Col, Count, Countess, Cpl, Cpo, Dean, Duchess, Duke, Elder, Ens, Father, FleetAdm, General, Governor, Gysgt, Hon, Imam, Judge, Lady, Lcpl, Lord, Lt, LtCmdr, LtCol, LtGen, LtJg, Ma, Major, MajorGen, Mcpo, Mgysgt, Minister, Monsignor, MostRev, Mother, Msgt, Mstr, Pastor, PettyOff, Pfc, Po1, Po2, Po3, President, Prince, Prof, Pvt, Rabbi, RearAdm, Rev, RightRev, Scpo, Senator, Sfc, Sgt, Sgtmaj, Sir, Sister, Smn, Smn1, Smst, Sp4, Sp5, Sp6, Sr, Sra, Srta, Ssgt, Swami, TechSgt, VeryRev, ViceAdm

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10 comments to call me Countess

  • tony

    is that Countess or countess;)?

  • The Count

    Danah notices that you can now have your familiar or professional title included on your United Frequent Flier card. I took advantage of this as soon as it was offered. Nonetheless, I’ve yet to have an airline employee refer to me as “my lord.” I’m…

  • Eric Maldonado

    Only Mr. applies to me.

  • Eric:
    “Before [~1690], American clergymen were simply Mr, an abbreviation of Master. This was an indication that they were masters of arts. […] During the Middle Ages, bachelors of arts were addressed as Dominus, which was Englished as Sir. That is why clergymen in Shakespeare’s time were often called Sir – always with their surnames, not their given names, which form distinguished knights. The usage crossed the Atlantic, and persisted at Harvard and Yale down to about 1800 or thereabout. It explains the belief of many Americans today that their colonial ancestors were knights.”
    – H.L. Mencken /The American Language/ (1945, footnote pp.281)

    So if you have a degree, you can be archaic and adopt one…

  • Peter Weiland

    I guess there are lots of Austrians working with United. Austrians are really obsessed with their titles in contrast to other German speaking peoples. A person who has the academic degree “Magister Artium” (Master of Arts) is addressed “Frau Magister …” or “Herr Magister …”. It is even quite usual in everyday life.

  • VeryRev !??

    MostRev !!??

    Wild. I’ve never heard of any such titles. Google doesn’t provide much help but I’m guessing those are obscure Catholic titles?

    They left out “Pope”

  • ‘Ello Gov’nah!

    Yes, "Governor" is one of the many officially recognized titles at United Airlines; other fun titles include "Baroness", "Monsignor" and "Swami"….

  • Paul

    I can’t speak to the ignorance claimed by others, but the list seems pretty short, overall, against the full list of titles which might be claimed by folks.

    And once again, despite claims above, it hasn’t been that long since the clergy were the most educated folk around. Too bad so many denominations no longer care about education – and so few who claim to speak on behalf of various churches have any clue what they’re talking about.

  • nat sherman

    eye! dont care 2cee wear gee’s us walked(wok)or walks(woks)ie(i.e.)eye just {2’cee} how it looked!BEFORE! HE!! WALKEDTHERE!!! ….p.s… to the… b.s.. t#e *body!.!!..!!!…

  • nat sherman

    eye! dont care 2cee wear gee’s us walked(wok)or walks(woks)ie(i.e.)eye just {2’cee} how it looked!BEFORE! HE!! WALKEDTHERE!!! ….p.s… to the… b.s.t#e *body!.!!..!!!…