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Old 04-08-2005, 09:24 AM   #7
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Re: What's happened to Shudokan?

David Chalk wrote:
That's where culture comes in - the the West (or at least the UK) the honorific or title is placed before somebodies name - therefore the title is placed in accordance with cultural and grammatical norm.
That's fine if you are using the English language (Mr Smith, Doctor Smith, Professor Smith etc.), although I don't recall anyone in English being referred to as teacher Smith. If you were referring to a colleague in a conversation, would you use San or Sama in the same way (San Smith, Sama Smith), it's western culture to put the honorific first , or would you use the correct form (Smith san, Smith Sama)? If you adopt words from a foreign language, you should still use them in the correct context of that language, to do otherwise shows a lack of understanding of the adopted language.



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