SIGNIFICANT OTHER: Increasingly Significant Issue

Dennis R. Preston preston at PILOT.MSU.EDU
Fri Apr 12 10:43:45 UTC 2002

It's the only time I call myself Dr. Preston:

Unknown Caller: Is this Dennis?
Me: Nope. This is Dr. Preston.


>At 6:05 PM -0400 4/11/02, Beverly Flanigan wrote:
>>But far more common is first-name address, which really bugs me.  I answer
>>irately, "How dare you call me Beverly?  You don't know me!"  Talk about
>>getting off on the wrong foot....
>Well, for some of us it streamlines the conversational ritual.  As
>soon as someone says "Hello, Laurence", I know it's a telemarketer
>and I'm ready to hang up.

Dennis R. Preston
Professor of Linguistics
Department of Linguistics and Languages
740 Wells Hall A
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824-1027 USA
Office - (517) 353-0740
Fax - (517) 432-2736

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