Bacon, grilling

W: What’s your name, boy?

B: Dr Poussaint. I’m a physician.

W: What’s your first name, boy?

B: Alvin.

[This is, of course, an exchange between a white policeman and a black man, on an American street.]

Source: Ervin-Tripp, S. (1972) “Sociolinguistic rules of address”, quoted in An Introduction to Language and Society, Martin Montgomery. (1986).

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