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    Teacher Titles?

    Discussion in 'Setting Development' started by ManOrAstroMan, Sep 24, 2013.

    I'm working on a story that takes place in a private school. It is a fantasy story, and magic is taught at the school, but the curriculum still centers around things like literature, algebra, history, biology, etc.
    My question is: Should the teachers be called Professer, or Mister/Miss/Miz/Missus? A couple of the teachers have actual doctorates, and are addressed as Doctor, but not the others.
    Is Professor too Hogwartsy? Too collegiate for what is basically a private high school? Or is Mr/Ms/Mrs too INformal, too public school?
     
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    Sir or Miss is fine, but if you really want a "private school" class to it all, maybe Professor is the right way to go.
     
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    I suppose you could use Master. Maybe even Sensei! Or just make something up. Guru. "This is Mister Smith, our algebra guru." :)
     
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    Maybe something like Master and Mistress
    - or -
    Sir and Madame
    - or -
    Chancellor (although that is usually a senator or honorary head of a university)
    - or-
    You could make something up or pull some ward that means something else entirely and make them use it as a title. If there is a good reason as to why the teachers are traditionally called _____, then I'll believe it. :p

    I might just use professor. I mean, unless they are going to school to learn witchcraft and wizardry-- you know, waving wands and performing charms all day--I don't think it's too close to Hogwarts. That part really depends on your story, not what you
     
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    Sir/Ma'am would work fine. But if you want to have your teachers at a specific class, Professor/Doctor would work well.
     
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    Whatever it is, it has to feel natural. It can't really draw attention to itself... unless the entire book is about them deciding on what to cal the teachers... Then I probably wouldn't read it lol! :p
     
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    Mr or Ms/Miss/Mrs would be the norm.
    Doctor if you have a PhD.
    A good way to point out someone's culture, if it's warranted by the story, would be Sensei for Japanese, Master for Chinese, Frau/Fraulein/Herr for German, Madame/Madamoiselle/Monsieur for French, Signore/Signor/Signora/Signorina/Signori for Italian...
     

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