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Old 11.04.2012, 12:55
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Damn swiss with their nicknames!!

Something what really bothers me is that many swiss persons seems to have given themselves a nickname, and then they are using those shortforms in official circumstances. For example:

Gertrud > Trudi
Ulrich > Uelä
Esther > Esthi
Adrian > Adi

etc. etc..

It is sick and bothers me that culture which is build on everyone calling each other SIE, at the same time they introduce themselves with their nickname.

Even my City's final budjet from last year which i received today is being signed by Stadspräsident who's name is written under the signature with a nickname.

I understand if someone is not happy with ones given name. Then you go and change it officially, but this sickens me.

One collegue of me who i don't really know well, who's name is Esther told me i should call her Esthi. I answered: "As soon as we start to take showers together".

-El Duderino

ps. Any other experiences?
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Old 11.04.2012, 12:58
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Re: Damn swiss with their nicknames!!

Peter - Pesche
Beat - Bidu
Adrian - Adu
Patrick - Pädu
Martin - Tino
Gerhard - Geru
and so on

(As you can tell, I know a lot of Bernese )

BTW, I use my nickname all the time.
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Re: Damn swiss with their nicknames!!

most of these nicknames have been used from early childhood days because kids find the real names boring.
a lot of people carry on using those names for themselves all their lives.

and it's not something only happening in switzerland.
my US friend cassandra calls herself Cassie, my italien friend Antonio is Toni.
and what about the US Jack who really is a John? :-)
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Old 11.04.2012, 13:05
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Re: Damn swiss with their nicknames!!

But in official papers and in at official events?

I understand if you are called Paddy among your friends or your collegues, but from that forward it get's weird. You calling yourself Paddy when you go to a job-interview, or when you sign a Stadtsbudjet as a highest official in the city.

-The Dude
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Re: Damn swiss with their nicknames!!

Interesting thread...but "it sickens me"..."it is sick"...is a bit much when you talk about another culture


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Something what really bothers me is that many swiss persons seems to have given themselves a nickname, and then they are using those shortforms in official circumstances. For example:

Gertrud > Trudi
Ulrich > Uelä
Esther > Esthi
Adrian > Adi

etc. etc..

It is sick and bothers me that culture which is build on everyone calling each other SIE, at the same time they introduce themselves with their nickname.

Even my City's final budjet from last year which i received today is being signed by Stadspräsident who's name is written under the signature with a nickname.

I understand if someone is not happy with ones given name. Then you go and change it officially, but this sickens me.

One collegue of me who i don't really know well, who's name is Esther told me i should call her Esthi. I answered: "As soon as we start to take showers together".

-El Duderino

ps. Any other experiences?
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Old 11.04.2012, 13:11
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Something what really bothers me is that many swiss persons seems to have given themselves a nickname, and then they are using those shortforms in official circumstances. For example:

Gertrud > Trudi
Ulrich > Uelä
Esther > Esthi
Adrian > Adi

etc. etc..

It is sick and bothers me that culture which is build on everyone calling each other SIE, at the same time they introduce themselves with their nickname.

Even my City's final budjet from last year which i received today is being signed by Stadspräsident who's name is written under the signature with a nickname.

I understand if someone is not happy with ones given name. Then you go and change it officially, but this sickens me.

One collegue of me who i don't really know well, who's name is Esther told me i should call her Esthi. I answered: "As soon as we start to take showers together".

-El Duderino

ps. Any other experiences?

Dramatic chipmunk much?

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Old 11.04.2012, 13:17
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Re: Damn swiss with their nicknames!!

Come on... I did not know that dissing another forum members is also spreaded here....

What i simply mean is that it gives an unprofessional picture of you if you introduce yourself with your nickname in a formal event. For me that person is no longer so trustworthy.
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Old 11.04.2012, 13:19
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Re: Damn swiss with their nicknames!!

Kate, short for Bob
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Old 11.04.2012, 13:22
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Come on... I did not know that dissing another forum members is also spreaded here....

What i simply mean is that it gives an unprofessional picture of you if you introduce yourself with your nickname in a formal event. For me that person is no longer so trustworthy.
Seriously?
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Come on... I did not know that dissing another forum members is also spreaded here....

What i simply mean is that it gives an unprofessional picture of you if you introduce yourself with your nickname in a formal event. For me that person is no longer so trustworthy.

Gosh, you really are a sensitive little bunny aren't you?

Nobody is dissing you, merely pointing out that your choice of words is erm.... a little dramatic.

I agree with you that in formal situations then the official first name should be used, but if my colleagues ask me to call them by their nickname, then it seems a little rude to say no. You did this with your colleague did you not?
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Old 11.04.2012, 13:34
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Re: Damn swiss with their nicknames!!

Just put "li"on the end of everything and mock them all.

Adieuli.
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Re: Damn swiss with their nicknames!!

I have made it a principle to delete all emails immediately that start with Dear Simon or similar from business contacts I haven't been officially introduced to and to whom I offered my first name.

Needless to say that deleting all these mails got a bit tedious so I installed a country filter, only mails from France, Germany and Switzerland now arrive in my inbox.

Informal cultures sicken me.
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But in official papers and in at official events?

I understand if you are called Paddy among your friends or your collegues, but from that forward it get's weird. You calling yourself Paddy when you go to a job-interview, or when you sign a Stadtsbudjet as a highest official in the city.

-The Dude
I always use Tom, never Thomas.

Tom
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Something what really bothers me is that many swiss persons seems to have given themselves a nickname, and then they are using those shortforms in official circumstances. For example:

Gertrud > Trudi
Ulrich > Uelä
Esther > Esthi
Adrian > Adi

etc. etc..

It is sick and bothers me that culture which is build on everyone calling each other SIE, at the same time they introduce themselves with their nickname.

Even my City's final budjet from last year which i received today is being signed by Stadspräsident who's name is written under the signature with a nickname.

I understand if someone is not happy with ones given name. Then you go and change it officially, but this sickens me.

One collegue of me who i don't really know well, who's name is Esther told me i should call her Esthi. I answered: "As soon as we start to take showers together".

-El Duderino

ps. Any other experiences?
Says "Jeff"
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I have made it a principle to delete all emails immediately that start with Dear Simon or similar. Needless to say that deleting all of them got a bit tedious so I installed a country filter, only mails from France, Germany and Switzerland now arrive in my inbox. Informal cultures sicken me.
Dear esteemed Mr. simon_ch:

How's it hangin', man?

With kindest regards,
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Re: Damn swiss with their nicknames!!

When we were kids, we all had nicknames in Romandie- sadly this is not the case any more. Some of the old people here, and one old school friend, still call me 'Dilette' (in French the 'ette' at the end of words = small. Like 'maison' and 'maisonette'. As teenagers we all had the most silly nicknames- based on character, looks, intitials, and some inherited from parents. I inherited my teenage nickname from my brother, and we are still called by said nickname by many friends here, lol. Where that nickname came from, I have NO idea.
One friend for instance is still called 'Stone' because his name was 'Pierre' (=stone in French). Another 'Toulatte' because his father and grand-father were roofers ('latte' = roof battons), etc. Shame it is disappearing.

But those were of course never ever used in a formal context, so I am surprised.
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Re: Damn swiss with their nicknames!!

I would someone LESS trustworthy if they introduced themselves by a name that no one actually called them. I can say that it would be the same in the US, at least. You would have to look hard to see Bill Clinton ever referred to as William, or Jimmy Carter as James...
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Re: Damn swiss with their nicknames!!

But the Stadtpräsident of Luzern is Urs W. Studer.

Urs is not short for Ursula!
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It'd never happen anywhere else in the world.




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And of course in the States initials are used often, and many sons and grandsons inherited the same- it can get quite confusing.

Like Donald John Simpson becomes DJ. And then his son DJ Junior, etc.
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