What Are Honorifics and Titles?
When we are talking in a respectful form with somebody we use some conversational terms and they are used to indicate courtesy toward someone older or of a higher social level. These words are called honorifics (sometimes called referent honorifics).
Compared to other languages Engish does not have a lot of honorific words but these are the honorific titles on the list.
- Mr.: this honorific title is used before the names of men.
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- Mrs.: is a title of respect for a married or widowed woman.
- Ms.: is used when you are not sure of a woman's marital status.
- Miss: is used to indicate respect for a female child and an unmarried woman.
When we are using these honorific titles we have to keep in mind that they are capitalized in the first letter and they are followed by a period except Miss which is capitalized at first but is not followed by a period. Usually, in British English, none of them is followed by a period.
- Sir: the word 'Sir' is alone or before a name to refer to a man.
- Words such as Madam, Sir, Dr., General, etc. are used with the capital letter even in the middle of a sentence, before a name in order to show respect.
Sometimes we use some words alone in a sentence to refer to someone in a respectful way. Remember the honorific has to be capitalized at the beginning.
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Usually, when we are really close to people who are older than us, we use honorific titles followed by their first name, but when they are not, to be even more polite we use their last name after honorific titles.
Titles of Affection
When we are addressing pets, our friends, or people who are younger than us, we use some titles that make us look friendly.
These are titles such as:
- Honey (child, romantic partner, or younger person),
- Dear, Sweetie, Love, Darling, Babe or Baby (romantic partner),
- Pal (father or grandfather calls male child),
- Buddy or Bud (between friends).
There are some phrases that are used as honorific titles for people of a higher social status. For example:
- Your Honor (refers to a judge)
- Your Highness (refers to a king, queen, prince, etc.)
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Royal titles are used as honorific titles whether followed by the name or not. Royal titles are words such as: King, Queen, Prince, Duke, etc.
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Honorific titles are used to refer to people but in a respectful way. When using honorific titles make sure that they are capitalized at the beginning. Sometimes they are used alone and sometimes they are followed by a name.