There is a new claim going around about how the honorific title Sir really means “Slave I Remain“, and that it originated with the British who used it to mentally enslave the Indians. No, not the American Indians. We are referring to the Indians from India. 😀
But how true is this claim? Let’s find out!
Sir Means Slave I Remain?
First, let’s check out the claim, grammatical error and all.
Sir Is Not An Acronym
No, the honorific Sir is not an acronym. It does not mean “Slave I Remain“. In fact, it is a stupid claim, because such an acronym would mean the person with the honorific is the slave, not the master.
Don’t believe me? Take Sir Anthony Hopkins, for example.
What does Slave I Remain Anthony Hopkins sound like? It actually sounds like he is calling himself a slave to the English crown. Not a master of the Indian people.
The British Have Been Using Sir For Hundreds Of Years
Despite what the hoax creator claims, the honorific Sir did not originate during the British colonisation of India.
The use of the English Sir was first documented as a title for knighthood in the year 1297, with its Middle French progenitor Sire being in use for the same purpose since 1205.
That means the British have been using the honorific Sir for 460 years before the British East India Company took over Bengal, Bihar and Orissa.
Don’t Be Stupid I Remain (SIR)
Don’t worry if you got fooled by this hoax. Just be glad you now know the truth. But don’t be Stupid I Remain (SIR).
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