[Ads-l] officer

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Tue Jul 17 20:06:58 EDT 2018


So true. But as a civvy, wouldn't you address any member of the fuzz (gotta
revive that word!) as "Officer"?

As for "Officer Osborne," cf. my posts on "fighter jet," "squad," "tank,"
etc.

JL

On Tue, Jul 17, 2018 at 6:15 PM Wilson Gray <hwgray at gmail.com> wrote:

> Wow, that's crazy, man, crazy! Even among the po-po, only their equivalent
> of a slick-sleeve private soldier is addressed or referred to as "officer."
>
> Dialogue:
>
> A. Excuse me, officer...
> B That's "detective," ma'am.
>
> On Mon, Jul 16, 2018 at 7:25 PM Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com>
> wrote:
>
> > On April 12, 2008 (ten years ago!) I warned that people were starting to
> > designate military officers as "Officer So-and-So," as if they were
> police
> > officers.
> >
> > Here's the latest - from a semi-highbrow source:
> >
> > 2018 http://www.filmjournal.com/reviews/film-review-journeys-end :
> >  Officer
> > Osborne (Bettany), a composed, pipe-smoking, calming figure who is like
> > ballast to those anxious souls around him.
> >
> > He means "Lieutenant Osborne" (in the film _Journey's End_.)
> >
> > JL
> >
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