(A teacher is introducing a doctor to Homer.)
Teacher: You know our district psychiatrist, Dr. J. Loren Pryor.
Homer: Hey, Dr. J.
Q1: I know "Mr." should be followed by surname or full name but not first name. But is it okay that a title, such as Dr. , Principal, be followed the first name? I mean whether 'Dr. J." , "Principal D." are correct to address a person or not. No, it should be the surname.
Q2: Is it okay to call a person his/her initial name? I mean if I were Homer, can I call Dr. J. Loren Pryor, just "J"?Homer is not the world's best mannered or educated man. No - not unless you know him cery well.
Q3: Some Westerners' names, such as, Peter, Simpson, Smith, are common and I can be easy to remember them; some, eg. Condoleezza Rice, are mouthful, and I often forget them at once after people introduce themselve to me. It is kind of embarrassing for me when I hope to call them during our conversation.
I am wondering whether native English speakers have the similar problems. And how can I solve it? I have always had problems remembering names. I have to make sure that I use the name at least three times when we first meet, and that I link the name to some visual image connected to the person.
Thanks in advance!