If you want an insight into
differences between Australia and Great Britain, go no further than the internet booking page for Qantas and that for British Airways. Where the titles on offer at Qantas are Mr, Mrs, Miss or Ms, those on offer at British Airways are much more varied. As well as Mr, Mrs, Miss or Ms, you can choose from the following:
Some people might say that the British Airways list expresses an obsession with class, rank and status. However, it might equally well be argued that it indicates a touching, if slightly wooly-headed, desire to include. At the top of the picture, by the way, under the dark oblong line, is the option 'Mstr', which at first I took to be the abbreviation for 'Mistress', but I later realised must, disappointingly, be the abbreviation for 'Master' (does anyone these days choose this option for their young male air-travelling child?).
I wonder if airport staff would demand proof if I started travelling as Viscountess - or possibly Rev. I think I'd have a hard time getting away with Rabbi, but Captain might be a goer. On the other hand, would it be worth the strife at the airport, if they did actually want me to pull out the family tiara or my army record? The whole experience of checking in is already fraught enough, possibly, without upping the ante. I'd better just stick with Sir as usual.
PS I will always be grateful to @pinknantucket and @aptronym for introducing me to the smorgasbord of title possibilities available for the small price of a purchase from boden uk; I've never much liked their products but I'll buy anything if it gives me the chance to be a Princess, a Commodore, a Professor or the Duchess of Woop Woop. You can call me Wing Commander from now on.
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