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||[Dec. 18th, 2009|01:32 am]
The Question Club
I keep in touch with a teacher from high school - a "Mr. John Smith." I always addressed him as "Mr Smith" when I was in school, and since graduating several years ago I continue to refer to him as "Smith" when I talk about him. The thing is - I don't know what to call him to his face anymore. Though we're fairly close (in a mentor-favorite student way), I feel like it would be reeeeeally awkward to call him "John." But it is potentially embarrassing to address him as "Mr Smith" still, because it might look like I'm being too formal. Plus, he signs his emails "John"....|
HALP. Do I go out on a limb and get used to calling him "John" (because srsly who in America cares about formalities anymore, amirite), or should I compromise and call him "Smith"? Or is that flippant? I honestly have not addressed him by any name for over a year because I am confused hardcore about this.
(Also: This is not the only teacher I've had this problem with, but it's definitely the most difficult circumstance. With my German teacher, for example, "Frau M" works just as well now as ever, even though she's only a few years older than I am.)
Maybe I should just give him an embarrassing nickname and be done with it.
DKDC: Tell me about your favorite or least favorite teacher!