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Old September 29 2012, 12:13 AM   #65
iguana_tonante
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Re: officers are called 'sir'

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When speaking English, on the other hand, the subtext is present in my mind. Funny that. Maybe because of the perception of (British) English as being the language of a country where nobility titles are still in use. I dunno.
Sure they might still be in use, but in everday usage they don't have much of an impact. So sure somebody might be properly addressed as Sir John Doe, just as they might be addressed as Dr. John Doe. But in everday usage the use of the word 'sir' has nothing to do with knighthoods and is about being polite.
Again, I understand that. What I meant is that, as foreigner, my perception of the word "sir" might be coloured by the knowledge that such titles still exist in Britain, albeit rarely used. I hope this clears my intent.
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