Specific Narrative Kinks: Indirect reprimands for lack of an honorific

Background:

First of all, in order for this to make sense, I probably have to first like honorifics to begin with. Which I do. Specifically, I like pretty much anything used as an honorific – I’m quite fond of sir/ma’am/miss, my Lord/my Lady, etc, but I’m equally fond of Mr./Ms. LastName, Doctor, Agent, Officer, military ranks, fictional honorifics, etc. Even someone’s first name works when it’s being used accordingly. (Incidentally, the one glaring exception I’ve found to this thus far is ‘Master’, which I don’t seem to like in this context. I’m not sure why). Mostly, I like the way they put the feeling of the power dynamic into otherwise perfectly mundane sentences, make it so manifestly present in interactions, and can bring it into situations where the principal isn’t present.

Now, what do I mean by this title:

So, if a constrict is supposed to be using an honorific, and doesn’t, a direct reprimand would be something like ‘Hey, you’re supposed to call me Honorific X, and you didn’t!’ (though hopefully phrased somehow differently, because otherwise I’m not going to have any respect whatsoever for the principal in question – which can be fun in its own way, but generally not in a kinky one). An indirect reprimand is anything else.
“Yes, what?” is a common example. “What do you call me?” is one I’ve used. In a story I read recently, I encountered the exchange, “I’m sorry.” “You’re what now?” “I’m sorry. Sir”

Other notes:

This is one of the smaller ones. I like it, I notice it, I include it in my works, but it’s not one that’s ever caught at my mind particularly, and I’m satisfied enough with the small moments it occupies – I have no desire for elaboration, or a story devoted entirely to it, or anything like that.

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2 thoughts on “Specific Narrative Kinks: Indirect reprimands for lack of an honorific

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