NPR’s All Things Considered did a story two days ago on former Barclays CEO Bob Diamond’s gaffe of addressing British members of Parliament at a hearing by their first names. The story was introduced like this:
ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:
Think of situations where it’s expected for people of any rank and station to address one another by first name: a progressive school, an AA meeting, the Israeli Army. Well, now think of places where you wouldn’t be caught dead addressing or referring to authority figures with such informality. Etc.
Is that even true? Speak, veterans.