The American Language - Chapter 4.3 Summary & Analysis

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Chapter 4.3 Summary

Mencken considers honorifics, titles the English and Americans bestow on their "men of mark." Here again, the two countries diverge. The English are quick to bestow honorifics and equally careful to only honor those who deserve it. The Americans grant esteemed titles to professionals over a wide range of ranks. The author studies the distinctions further, giving examples of the different regards and naming practices as they apply to those in medicine, education, and the military, as well.

Chapter 4.3 Analysis

Making further distinction in attitude and language usage, Mencken notes how Americans are more inclusive about honorifics than are the English. For example, Americans give titles to all members of the healing profession, he says, regardless of rank, whereas the British withhold the title for many medical professionals. In America, an osteopath or a chiropodist is called a doctor; in England, even many surgeons do...

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