So, Ben Shapiro, if I’m at a dinner party, no, I will not introduce myself as Doctor Sweeny. Nor will I introduce myself as Professor Sweeny. Or JoAnne Sweeny, Esquire. It’s true that doing so would be extremely pretentious. But it would be pretentious to do so if I were a medical doctor, too. Hell, it would be pretentious to introduce myself as Mrs. Sweeny. Because it’s a fucking dinner party.
Exactly. But if you came across me and someone else arguing a point of law at a party, and we were both babbling nonsense, you most certainly should state your credentials as you weigh in.
BTW, have no degree, but when people call me Sir, I tell them that's not necessary as Your Eminence is fine :)