A comment over at FSP's post on honorifics used for male and female acadmics triggers a thought. What is the proper address/honorific at, say, your kid's school classroom?
FSP had said in the original post that she prefers "Professor" to "Doctor" in the academic milieu.
I think I would prefer "Doctor" to "Professor" in the non-academic setting, myself. It is funny isn't it? "Professor" just seems like an honorific tied to the coincidence of my current job title whereas for some weird reason, "Doctor" seems to me like a more permanent and lasting attainment. Which, of course, it IS since in our current schemas it is highly unusual for anyone to stop being a "Doctor" through revocation of the degree. Otherwise, it is yours for life, once those five people let you back in the room and say "Congratulations Dr...".
But why should Dr. seem so much more a permanent part of me that dictates what honorific people should use in normal daily life, in comparison with "Professor"? They are both just academic nonsense so why does it matter which one?