Courtesy #5: What’s an “honorific” anyway?

In our lesson this week, we’ll continue our discussion of Courtesy as our Warrior Personal Strength.

What’s an “honorific” anyway, and why did George need one?

An “honorific” is a special way we speak to or about someone else that shows courtesy and respect.  Some of these we use so often that we don’t think about them very much — when we call someone Ms. Smith or Mr. Jones, we’re using an honorific.  A judge is usually called “Your Honor”.

When George was elected President, no-one was sure what they should call him.  Many people had different opinions over what honorific would show proper courtesy and respect — and they often disagreed strongly with each other.

Please follow the links below for your complete lesson:

Warrior Personal Strength:  Courtesy #5 Video Tutorial

Warrior Personal Strength:  Courtesy #5 Lesson Guide

(Image:  Louis XVI, King of France)

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