A suggestion

Volokh, Eugene VOLOKH at LAW.UCLA.EDU
Tue Apr 13 17:56:39 PDT 2004


	I realize that this might be entirely idiosyncratic, but might I
suggest that people refer to each other by first name (if you know the
person well), or by honorific and last name (such as Ms. X or Prof. Y),
rather than simply by last name?

	I have the tentative sense that such references by last name to
fellow participants in a conversation may come across as more brusque
than the speaker might have intended.  I realize that this isn't always
so; among other things, it's not uncommon to so refer to other scholars
in articles ("Tribe says X, but Dershowitz thinks Y").  But my sense is
that this sounds different, and a bit harsher, in a conversation.  On a
conference panel, for instance, I'd probably refer to my fellow
panelists either by first name or honorific-plus-last-name; if that is
the norm, it might be helpful to follow it also in on-list discussions.

	At the same time, I stress again that this is offered just as a
tentative suggestion.

	Eugene


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