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View Diary: UPDATED(Final): Boston Globe's Lehigh: "Warren hits her stride, while Brown stumbles" (285 comments)

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  •  "Professor" is best for two reasons: (3+ / 0-)
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    jayden, wintergreen8694, Laconic Lib

    As so many have noted, it's technically the most correct term, as it's her professional title: she's the Leo Gottlieb Professor of Law at Harvard University. So in the world of academic credentialism, fair reporting of one's rank, etc., "Professor" is right.

    "Professor" is also, as many note, the most common term for higher-education, ahem, "knowledge workers" in the US, and is applied to most faculty by the public without distinction concerning rank. "Professor" = "smart person who teaches in a college or university." Recall the right's silliness over Obama's having been called "Professor" whilst teaching at Chicago: for most, it's an honorofic, not a technical term.

    Technically specific and generally accepted, don't see the problem here. I think Brown's attempt to demonize the phrase is much more of a faux populism than anything else: again, as many have noticed, Brown would be all sneery-jeery regardless of what title Warren was using.

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