04 June 2012
How to talk polite-like
I looked this up because I was tired of feeling like a shlub. Thought you might be interested too, whoever you are.
When introducing two people, the more honored person is named first: Mr. Bigwig, this is Mr. Rug. Use the full names or titles of both people.
Younger people are introduced to older people. Dr. Staupitz, I'd like you to meet Dr. Chemnitz.
Less distinguished people are introduced to more distinguished people. Cardinal Cajetan, this is Dr. Eck.
And since we're old timey types here, men are introduced to women. Katherine von Bora, may I present to you Dr. Luther?
Also for old timeys: when welcoming a couple or a group to your home or an event of your hosting, ladies are greeted first. (Proper Lutherans always flub this. I think we think it threatens headship. :D The use of the husband's first name for the couple should help everyone relax.)