Serial title abusers beware: Is there a doctor in the house wine recommendation?

Well it's a good thing that I didn't jet off to Germany over the weekend because I totally missed the news from Friday.

Drs. Vino and Debs, and the Winedoctor too, you all might want to read this carefully.

. . . researchers in Germany have faced criminal probes in recent months for using the title "Dr." on their business cards, Web sites and resumes . . .

Under a little-known Nazi-era law, only people who earn PhDs or medical degrees in Germany are allowed to use "Dr." as a courtesy title.

. . .

Violators can face a year behind bars. (!!)

And then it gets worse, after it seems to get better.

Last week, state education ministers met in Berlin and recommended that the law be modified so anyone holding a doctorate or medical degree from America could be addressed as "Dr." without running afoul of the police.

Anyone with a PhD from Canada, Japan or the rest of the non-European world would still be excluded.

Okay, so maybe all the doctors I mentioned above might not need to worry much longer, but I may need to seriously think about mothballing this site before I ever visit Cologne.

Read the whole story in last week's Washington Post.


Brooklynguy said...

could be wrong, but i think that dr vino had a PhD.

Marcus said...

You are correct Bguy, however you must realize that according to Germany serial title abuse is ANYONE who uses honorifics in Germany when not accompanied by a German degree (as of 2001, the honorifics attributed by European Union institutions are recognized but definitely no one from outside Europe can use the title in Germany!)

Dr. Debs said...

How bizarre. Especially since I've been addressed as Dr. in Germany by Germans. Besides, if you've earned the degree somewhere, it's not a courtesy title, is it? I mean, I earned the damn thing.

Besides, my British aunt always introduces me by saying "she's not a proper doctor." I think she's afraid I may give an injection.

Tanyaa said...

If another nation had specifically trained agents in ways to subvert our constitution, and then managed to get these agents embedded into positions throughout the government, would we be afraid? Very afraid!
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