I know it’s extremely common in Armenia to add an “-ig” at the end of given names, and when it comes to personal acquaintances, I’m all for it (though at 22, it’s kinda funny to be called Tamarig). In my eyes, it’s either done lovingly or when talking with a child, an assertion of your authority over the individual. However, when leaders are referred to as “Serjig” or “Vartanig” or another such name, it makes me step back in disgust. I was brought up to always respect my elders, to properly address those who hold titles and to treat others with the dignity they deserve. You don’t turn around to your priest and call him “Little Sipan” or “Keghartig” (I’m not using the Toronto priest’s name because his anointed name actually includes the -ig at the end). You refer to your priests as “Hayr Sourp”/Reverend Father. I can only laugh at the idea of calling my mother Susanig, let alone someone addressing their president in such a disrespectful manner. In the media, our prime minister here is referred to as The Right Honourable Stephen Harper. Even in common speech, we say Harper or his full name. It’s a sign of respect for a man who runs your country, no matter what your opinions of his work. I’m not sure if it’s a silly thing that really bothers me, but that lack of respect shows through, no matter where those used to branding with such nicknames go. I find it absurd and hope one day the people will be able to look past the negative and into the positive that each individual undoubtedly possesses, allowing them a modicum of the respect and dignity they deserve.
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