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Site Poll - Chat Box 155 - Choosing an Honorific

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Post #502911
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3:22 am, Oct 23 2011
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lol chose Sama!!! bigrazz

Senpai and kun would be nice to :3

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Post #502916
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3:47 am, Oct 23 2011
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I chose sensei solely because of Napoleon Dynamite's Rex Kwon Do,
"Bow to your sensei, BOW TO YOUR SENSEI!"

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Post #502918
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Slumbering Remnant

3:54 am, Oct 23 2011
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uhh- don't want one(strangely)
just like my name with no honorific attached to it
don't know why though

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Post #502951
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7:30 am, Oct 23 2011
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Sensei. Just because.

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Post #502953
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Crazy Cat Lady

7:37 am, Oct 23 2011
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I'd be fine with "san", second choice would be "sensei" even though I'm not a teacher/doctor/etc. "Chan" or "kun" would be weird for someone my age; "sama" (~_~); and "sempai/kouhai" puts more emphasis on seniority than I'm really comfortable with.

Being called by my last name would take some getting used to, though, as just about everyone calls me by my first name & when they do use my last name it takes me a minute to realize they're talking to me. none

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Post #502957
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8:04 am, Oct 23 2011
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If I had to choose, "-sensei" would be OK, but it's a pity that "-dono" is missing, even though it might not be in use nowadays.

Post #502989
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12:41 pm, Oct 23 2011
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I live in Japan and work as an Assistant Language Teacher here. People in my town and some teachers call me "-san", but I asked everyone at school, including my students, to address me by my first name alone as it seemed really formal otherwise. That is generally what they do, but in formal settings (like the start of the year when the teachers are introduced) I'm either "-san" or "-sensei".

Thye school Kendo club call me Kohai as a joke, because I asked them to teach me Kendo and treat me as a student, not a teacher, so they take great pleasure in doing so. I don't mind, it amuses me as well.

I don't really like to be called by any honorific, but if I had to choose "-san" would be better than any as it's more neutral.

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Post #503025 - Reply to (#502957) by Glottalstop

4:40 pm, Oct 23 2011
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If I had to choose, "-sensei" would be OK, but it's a pity that "-dono" is missing, even though it might not be in use nowadays.

Heh, I also wanted -dono. I picked -sama though. I dunno, it'd feel like an ego boost somehow...who wouldn't like those? Like, imagine your significant other calling you that.

Yeah, I'm weird.

Post #503029
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5:11 pm, Oct 23 2011
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I don't think my name sounds... 'right' with a honorific. It sounds kinda weird when you throw one on the end of it.
If I had to choose though, -san would be alright I suppose.

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Post #503030
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5:15 pm, Oct 23 2011
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None of the above.

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Post #503032

5:37 pm, Oct 23 2011
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If I HAD to be addressed by an honorific, I'd prefer shooting myself. Honorifics is one of the many things I dislike about Japanese culture.

Post #503064

7:49 pm, Oct 23 2011
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Ha ha, we use them often enough in American English; I think we're just more used to them and tune them out. Though I admit the more stratified honorifics can be a bit grating. I chose sensei, though I usually go by -dono since I'm a successful adult in my field/profession. Chinese speakers usually use the <name>-neesan (big sis) equivalent.

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Post #503093
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Herder of Pigeons

10:17 pm, Oct 23 2011
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I always liked San because it can be used for male or female, married or unmarried, (weird because Japan's supposedly a more sexist society), would be useful to have one of those in English for situations when those things aren't relevant.

But in real life I hate honorifics, people who call everyone Mr/ Miss/ Sir all the time wind me up. Supposedly it's to show respect but just sounds like it's to show ranks and inferiority or someone's trying to sell you something. I don't understand why anyone would want their girl/boyfriend/partner calling them something like that, surely equality is a good thing and there's a less pointless way they could show their appreciation biggrin, and I thought the whole point was someone that close to you didn't have to bother with honorifics. Each to their own though... laugh

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Post #503098
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10:31 pm, Oct 23 2011
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I'd prefer not to have an honorific after my name...if it's needed though, then just -san.

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10:32 pm, Oct 23 2011
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Quote from Yenoh
I'd prefer not to have an honorific after my name...if it's needed though, then just -san.

I feel the same.

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