This guy just can't quit. This morning's e-mail from the same server in
I am Mr. Joseph Brown.
I will like to order 2 of the 180 Watt Lake Lite Solar Panels from your
I will arrange for my own Shipping which will ship my units to Australia.
I will like you to email me asap with the total cost of the units
I will also like to know the for of payment you accept
Mr. Joseph Brown.
(I don't sell PV panels)
Future posts will be tagged "OT - Humor" :)
On Thu, 2 Apr 2009 18:29:23 +0100, Morris Dovey wrote
The first give away is anyone announcing themselves as "Mr." It's just so..
foreign. I can tolerate the bad engrish but the nasty etiquette is simply
Nayther Prince Albert nor ourself is amused by this unspeakable outrage.
Behaviour of this ilk will be the downfall of the Empire, one day.
Yes, but someone concerned with etiquette will not be sending
unsolicited email attempting to steal money from people.
That is nasty, and the use of the formal "Mr." is indeed a feature of
this type of scam.
You may find it hard to believe, but someone who follows etiquette can
still be a lying thief bastard who deserves to be tied to an anthill,
covered in honey and then executed after he passes out.
On Mon, 6 Apr 2009 04:57:20 +0100, Dave Balderstone wrote
There is nothing wrong with addressing or introducing someone else as "Mr."
The bad form is in introducing ones self this way.
Perfectly correct would be
I am/my name is Smith.
" " John Smith
" " John.
Unforgivably gauche is
My name is Mr. John Smith.
My issue was one of propriety, not of formality.
I trust that said person will remember to say "Please," while being tied to
the anthill and "Thank you." after the honey is applied.
I bet they don't introduce themselves to other doctoral-degreed professors
that way, only to those with lesser academic qualifications -- which makes it
The couple across the street are a chemist and a college professor, both now
retired. I believe that, between the two of them, they have at least three
doctorate and three masters degrees. They introduce themselves simply as
"Gloria" and "Andrew".
I've had the honor of working for/with some very brilliant minds in my
industry -- PhD's and those who have the innate knowledge that a PhD would
be a waste of their time. I've found that those who are really good are
the most humble and personable people to be around. They are good, it's
just a part of their being, they don't have to flaunt it. It's some of
those who have gotten those credentials and who aren't really that good at
what they do that are the most arrogant, irritating and difficult people to
work with. They aren't really that good, they kind of sense that and in
order to make up for that inadequacy, they tend to make up for lack of
ability with bluster and bullying. The first group is a joy to know and
work with, the latter, not so much. Sounds like your friends are members
of the first group.
There is a third group who are just plain people, regardless of their
talents who don't use their abilities as the focus of their being. They
are also good people with whom to be associated.
If you're going to be dumb, you better be tough
In Germany, it could well be Herr Doktor Doktor Doktor Schmidt.
What is REALLY silly is a lawyer's business card that reads
Helen Dorothy Smith, Esq.
In heraldry, "Esquire" is one rank above "Gentleman." I suppose the broads
think they're better than we plebians.
Esquire (abbreviated Esq.) is a term of British origin, originally used to
denote social status. Ultimately deriving from the medieval squires who
assisted knights, the term came to be used automatically by men of gentle
birth. The social rank of Esquire is that above gentleman. More
specifically, though, a distinction was made between men of the upper and
lower gentry, who were "esquires" and "gentlemen" respectively (between, for
example, "Thomas Smith, Esq." and "William Jones, Gent.").
Today, however, the term may be appended to the name of any man not
possessing a higher title (such as that of knighthood or peerage) or a
clerical one. In the United States, however, "esquire" is most commonly
assumed by lawyers in a professional capacity and has come to be associated
by many Americans solely with the legal profession.
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