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    Fiona Grant March 7, 2006, 7:55 p.m. (Message 44532)

    How is it that M.C. became emcee? (as in recent postings) 
    If you follow the usual rules of pronunciation the two don't sound the same,
    so presumably you can't use the second word unless you know of the
    abbreviation? So why not use the abbreviation if too lazy to write out the
    whole title?
    And as we have been discussing etiquette on the dance floor and dance cards:
    Isn't it more respectful to give a person their proper title, even if
    abbreviated, rather than some bizarre phonetic interpretation?
    Did someone somewhere make a spelling mistake when setting out a dance
    Being pedantic in Bristol, UK
  • ... March 7, 2006, 8:02 p.m. (Message 44534, in reply to message 44532)

    I´ll go with pedant on this one. It is neither a uniquely American or 
    British tradition to turn abbreviations, into acronyms, into what sound 
    like words. If HM can refer to the Queen, or an MP refer to the queen, 
    and MD for medical doctor, RSM, etc., there is no reason why a lowly 
    Master of Ceremonies can not be an MC. In the U.S. we have similar 
    conventions, and in most cases, it saves a lot of time, as in CEO, HR, 
    POTUS, C-n-C, OD, etc.
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    simon scott March 7, 2006, 9:39 p.m. (Message 44536, in reply to message 44534)

    I understood that Fiona was questioning the use of "emcee" rather than

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