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They call me Mister

by The Urban Blabbermouth
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I ran into the president and senior vice president (SVP) of one of our divisions in the lobby of our office building.  Now I have known these two fellas a long time, since they were just lowly regular workers and well before they gained these exalted titles. I didn’t know if I can acceptably use their first names based on my long association with them.   It didn’t seem right to call them by their first names since they got these are high titles and I am still a low title guy.

So I fudged.  I called the president, “Mr. President”, a sly reference to how we refer to the President of the United States.  I though that this was a beautiful and clever bit of kissing up.  The SVP did not rate any special kissing up so, I called him by his first name.  He will have to wait until he moves further up the company.

This first name thing can get tricky. We are a relaxed company and use first names all the time.  That kind of familiarity gives a false sense that we are …