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  • Is a teenager worthy of Mister?

    Honorifics for laymen and women are a becoming obsolete. Gee, even my nieces and nephews call me by my first name.

    But in the media, is an 18 year old teenager really worthy of the title Mister?

    I've always been bemused by it. The reference usually crops up in relation to a some idiotic act, or crime.

    An incident say, involving a 16 year old boy and two 18-year-old boys. Instead of saying "Three teenagers escaped with their lives after a prank backfired".... we get "Two men and a teenage boy escaped..."

    Ascribing the title "mister" to an 18 or 19 year old kid still extremely wet behind the ears seems a misnomer. And it happened probably because of the lowering of the voting age, not because maturity started to come earlier in life.

    Is a member of the crop of post millennial generation worthy of the title?

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    When you read the newspaper and see the reports of how young men have behaved, I think 29 would be about right to start calling them an adult.

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    • #3
      It depends upon the person. One member of this family is nearly 35 and acts 10 "on a good day". Another is a 12 y.o. who acts 25+. The latter is already an adult by any standard measure, the other one is nowhere close and unlikely to ever get there.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Rocky View Post
        When you read the newspaper and see the reports of how young men have behaved, I think 29 would be about right to start calling them an adult.
        Yup, but we don't tend to see news reports of people going about their business sensibly and respectfully though. Doesn't sell a lot of papers.

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          Is a teenager worthy of Mister?

          Originally posted by robusto View Post

          But in the media, is an 18 year old teenager really worthy of the title

          Ascribing the title "mister" to an 18 or 19 year old kid still extremely wet behind the ears seems a misnomer.
          Depends.

          Teenagers stormed the beaches at Normandy and defeated the Nazis.

          Happy to call them Mister.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by herzog View Post
            Depends.

            Teenagers stormed the beaches at Normandy and defeated the Nazis.

            Happy to call them Mister.

            Not really Herzog, most of the troops in the Allied forces were adults, yes there were some youngsters who lied about their age.

            However Germany was an entirely different kettle of fish, the Hitler youth signed up over 8 million 16 and 17 year olds.

            This link makes interesting reading.
            https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mili...n_World_War_II

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            • #7
              Originally posted by robusto View Post
              But in the media, is an 18 year old teenager really worthy of the title Mister?
              They have reached the Age of Majority so yes they are.

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