What a beautiful day to tidy my studio and get hung up on some random unimportant minutia…
- We’re talking about an honorific, not a forename
- It’s fanciful, but I’m guessing that shouldn’t matter
Is there a consensus here? For that matter, “DJ” and “MC” are essentially modern honorifics. It looks like the sort name should generally be e.g. “Shadow, DJ” and “Hammer, MC” which makes sense.
Curiously, hardly anyone seems to be applying this logic to “Grandmaster”, so we get e.g. “Grandmaster Flash” instead of “Flash, Grandmaster”. Is there a distinction I’m missing here? I’d argue his name isn’t Grandmaster Flash, so much as his name’s Flash and he’s recognised as a grandmaster. Is it simply that once the honorific’s a long word, it starts to feel like part of a stage name? Or that people get dubious when it’s self-applied? I’m kind of curious where to draw the line.