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Old 24.03.2011, 12:09
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Nicknames, Family Names and Formal Names

I am sure that most of us get called by a variety of names (some unrepeatable in public ).

Do you have a variety of different names? Don't worry, you don't have to reveal them here.

Generally, close family tend to stick with the full version of first names. Especially Mothers in my experience.

Friends may have a shortened version, or even a nickname.

At work, you may be called by your first name, or possibly Mr/Mrs/Miss X.

Do you find it strange if somebody in one group starts calling you by a name that is more usual in other circumstances. e.g. How would you react if your boss were to start using your nickname that your mates in the pub use?
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Old 24.03.2011, 12:13
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Do you have a variety of different names?
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Old 24.03.2011, 12:14
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Especially Mothers in my experience.
Mothers use names to convey the gravity of the crime their child has committed.

Small peccadillo: BOBBY!

Medium level naughtiness: ROBERT! (rising tone optional)

Very naughty act: ROBERT SMITH! WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU'RE DOING?

War crime or similar: ROBERT BEELZEBUB SMITH! REMOVE THAT PITCHFORK FROM YOUR SISTER'S HEAD AT ONCE!

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Old 24.03.2011, 12:20
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Mothers use full names to convey the gravity of the crime their child has committed.
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Old 24.03.2011, 12:22
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Generally, close family tend to stick with the full version of first names. Especially Mothers in my experience.
and Father's (well at least mine) call their kids by the names of all of his children.

"Sarah, Sally, Marie.....urrr....Claire"

and sometimes even the family pet gets thrown into the mix
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Old 24.03.2011, 12:25
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When people in the village talk about me, they use my husband's farm name, my husband's name and then my name.

Weid Hans' Vreni.
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Old 24.03.2011, 12:44
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Old 24.03.2011, 12:50
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and Father's (well at least mine) call their kids by the names of all of his children.

"Sarah, Sally, Marie.....urrr....Claire"

and sometimes even the family pet gets thrown into the mix
Yep, we got that. Me especially as I was the youngest.
Only my mum and sibs use my proper name, everyone else calls me Paddy, apart from the occasional colleague.
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Old 24.03.2011, 12:51
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Old 24.03.2011, 12:54
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Re: Nicknames, Family Names and Formal Names

My EF name is what my dad (and only, ever ever my dad) used to call me - no matter what the situation was. It's the diminutive of Mops, aka pug dog in English (must have borne some resemblance as a baby)

My mother always has and always will call me by my proper name, Nicola - no matter what the situation was (sorry, DB!). Sister, friends etc. use some version of this (Nic, Nicky etc.)
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Old 24.03.2011, 12:57
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Re: Nicknames, Family Names and Formal Names

I still find it a little odd when close family members use nicknames that tend to be just used by mates in the pub etc.

In one of my first jobs our Managing Director was very formal and everyone was addressed using their title; Mr X etc.

He lived not far from me and used to drink in the same pub occasionally. Although we certainly didn't socialise, he would use my first name, and expected to be called by his first name. If I were to use his first name at work I would probably have been fired.
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Old 24.03.2011, 13:04
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I still find it a little odd when close family members use nicknames that tend to be just used by mates in the pub etc.
Could certainly be a bit off putting, if they call you "Tommy Tanker", because they heard your mates calling you that, believing it originates from some cute kiddies character.
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Old 24.03.2011, 13:07
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I still find it a little odd when close family members use nicknames that tend to be just used by mates in the pub etc.
Actually, despite what I said about sibs etc, my brother and one of my sisters call me Paddy too. It just doesn't sound right coming from them.
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Old 24.03.2011, 13:31
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Re: Nicknames, Family Names and Formal Names

My mum still refers to my younger brother as 'booboo' in public - and he doesn't mind! Lol...
I have a nickname that my family and extended family use, infact no one in my family calls me by my actual name...
I of course refer to myself as singaporeotter here
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Old 24.03.2011, 13:33
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Re: Nicknames, Family Names and Formal Names

For a British person, I have an embarrassingly long double-barrelled first name with the attendant overtones of pretension and "foreignness" that such a name entails. Infact, there is a rather lovely reason for it, being that I had already been named before my parents adopted me, so they tagged the name they wanted to call me onto my original name. But imagine explaining that to every tom,dick and harry ... My mother always called me by my whole name. Embarassing for quite a few years but as I grew older, it became something I rather loved.

What I always found surprising was when I introduced myself using my full name and then the person I was speaking to immediately (and without asking) shortened my name not just to the first name but to a shortened version of that first name.

I always thought it was good manners to ask before shortening a name. Am I wrong?
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Old 24.03.2011, 13:53
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Re: Nicknames, Family Names and Formal Names

My name is quite an old french name so most people from other language can't pronounce it properly. My dad and Bro always called me by a short version of my name and I use it in everyday use, even when I introduce myself to people... Just easier for them to call me.

Many think I am a guy though.... until they see me!
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I always thought it was good manners to ask before shortening a name. Am I wrong?
I think so too.

I'm very hesitant to shorten people's names or call them by their nicknames. It's not so common from where I'm from and generally only your close friends would do so.
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Old 24.03.2011, 15:40
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Re: Nicknames, Family Names and Formal Names

My dad called all of us boys "Bubba", and I find I use the same name quite often now for my little daughter .

A French friend of mine goes by his initials, J.C., and if anyone asks what they stand for he tells them deadpan "Jesus Christ".

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Old 24.03.2011, 15:50
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My boss at Fribourg uni used to call me "Pat". I couldn't effing well stand it.
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