How do you address your doctor? Say her name is Dr. Nancy Smith. Do you call her Dr. Smith? Nancy? Or Dr. Nancy?
I may be in a tiny minority, but that Dr. Nancy thing drives me nuts. If you’re not on familiar terms, Dr. Smith seems the proper form of address. If you know her well, or socially as well as professionally, then Nancy seems quite acceptable. And certainly fair’s fair if the doctor calls you by your first name. After all, you are both adults.
But Dr. Nancy? No, sorry. To me that’s either a silly affectation adopted by the doctor or a form one would suggest a child use. You can imagine my distress then, at Dr. Nancy Snyderman’s show on MSNBC being called “Dr. Nancy.” The adults she interviews often address her as Dr. Nancy. Ugh. Ditto Dr. Phil and Dr. Laura. Ugh. Ugh.
Maybe the usage is a regionalism I’ve not encountered and it sounds perfectly proper and acceptable to large segments of the population. Or maybe it’s the result of an adult clinging to a childhood habit. Or maybe it comes when an adult patient is trying to be friendly but still show some respect.
Whatever the reason, to my ear it sounds silly and childish. Sorry, I can’t help it. That’s just the way I roll.