A video of the late poet, Dr. Maya Angelou from 1991 recently resurfaced on Twitter and has sparked considerable debate around civility and manners. I’ve heard opinions on both side of the aisle, so I’ll share what is dictated by etiquette; always err on the side of formality first.
Until an older person permits you to address them casually, always add an honorific, or like us Southerners say, “a handle” to their names.
It’s always best to show and earn respect before assuming it.
I can’t wait to turn 30 so I can read one of yall for calling me by my first name like this: pic.twitter.com/ym71DkWCNn
— Prince Piérre (@PrinceCharmingP) March 14, 2019