OP here. This has happened a couple times before–by using “I” in the OP, I meant “one.” I knew something interesting would appear about being a non-Brit and angling for one would be posted, but I’m actually more interested in the social…well, weirdness of the institution and it’s integration into a society. (Guess what ex-colony I’m coming from.)
So, really, would an industrialist or a big-ass cultural asset–how about scientists and saints, besides the actors and musicians I know of?–angle or campaign sub rosa (or super rosa) for one? Other people nominate you, like a Nobel?
Also, this interests me: I’ve seen actors yanking the chain of, oh whathisname, the guy from Ghandi and Schindler’s List, about what to call him, or Ian McKellen in Extras referring to himself as Sir Ian. In reality, you’re supposed to know the guy’s a knight (do they say that?) but not use it, unless you’re a waiter or something, or introducing him at a function? And if someone forgets, a major faux-pas?
I mean, Opra Winfrey has an honorary doctorate from somewhere, but I don’t think she’s asshole enough to accept being called Dr. Winfrey. Plus, again, as an American who finds this weird, Dr.s and Medal of Honor winners (who don’t even get a title) earned it rather than being, say, some politician who, frankly, often earns nothing more than his paycheck.
Also, by writing in OP “pencil-eraser” mover and shaker, who in industry usually gets it?
Are there lists, or parlor games, of most bizarre knightings–what the hell word do I use–like for strange or ironic Nobels?