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Re: Goofy Answers
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.0045  Monday, 10 January 2000.

From:           Melissa D. Aaron <
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Date:           Saturday, 08 Jan 2000 09:15:20 -0800
Subject: 11.0040 Re: Goofy Answers
Comment:        Re: SHK 11.0040 Re: Goofy Answers

>This isn't a goofy test answer...just a goofy student story.
>
>Last year, after making a number of really strange comments, it came out
>that one of my students had thought that since we in the faculty were
>called "Dr. This" and "Dr. That," that we were all medical doctors, and
>that it was required that all university professors go to medical school
>first before pursuing our further specialty studies.
>
>Scalpel, please.

I think it's precisely to avoid this sort of confusion that it's become
traditional for Ph.D.s not to be called "Doctor" socially.  Or, as I
told my father, happy that he would have two doctors in the family, "If
someone collapses and asks if there's a doctor in the house, all I can
do is recite Marvell at them."

Melissa Aaron
 

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