letters after (one's) name

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letters after (one's) name

A series of abbreviations indicating the various levels of higher education or military honors one has received, thereby denoting a presumed level of intelligence, wisdom, or respectability. I hate hanging out with your PhD colleagues—it seems like they'll only take you seriously if you have letters after your name. Those letters after your name do not prove your worth to me; in my eyes, you're still just a fool.
See also: after, letter, name
References in classic literature ?
So, Britannia mentions to a legal gentleman of her acquaintance that if Veneering will 'put down' five thousand pounds, he may write a couple of initial letters after his name at the extremely cheap rate of two thousand five hundred per letter.
There's no doubt it helps to make up for the drudgery of a profession if a man's taken very, very seriously by every one-- if he gets appointments, and has offices and a title, and lots of letters after his name, and bits of ribbon and degrees.