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Familiarity

One of the better things about today is the pervasive use of first names. Sure,  it can be irritating when a salesman/women uses your first name 20 times in the first sentence when you’ve never had contact before, but it is better than what went on when I was in my teens and twenties. 

What did you call your boss? Or anyone your parent’s age? Was it Mr/Mrs - or Sir? There were class undercurrents -  and context. It was a minefield where often the best solution was to avoid it completely, at the risk of the interaction becoming, well, odd. A general rule was more than twice your age and it was Mr/Mrs - and four times your age almost certainly Sir.

I feel for the war generation who are often, particularly in a caring context, addressed by their first name relentlessly when you can see that it irritates - but they are too polite to say so. But overall, first names are so much easier. 
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