Nicknames

@Anniedup (3652)
Richards Bay, South Africa
March 6, 2007 3:03pm CST
What is your feeling about nicknames, I am not talking about little pet names you call your beloved. Do you like it if people start shortening or changing your name, and some names are quite difficult to change, then they start calling you "big man" or any other ridiculous name, anything but your name!
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11 responses
• United States
7 Mar 07
I'm the type of person who will politely correct someone once. Whether it's a shortening of my name or a nickname. If it is continued at a later date I don't respond, period. That is a total lack of respect. The opposite is the case with loved ones as you stated. Those are usually endearing names thought up with love in mind.
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@Anniedup (3652)
• Richards Bay, South Africa
7 Mar 07
How did I know, you were going to say that:) Apart from family and very close friends I think it is out of line. You get people that are so obnoxious their only intend is to shock and degrade
• United States
7 Mar 07
Ugh. I am becoming too predictable? Just kidding. lol I never thought for a moment this site would become as interesting as it has. People like you make it worth coming back to.
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@Anniedup (3652)
• Richards Bay, South Africa
7 Mar 07
You are not predictable at all, I thought you were sleeping!! A person can try on websites to hide his character, and will most probably succeed most of the time, but here it is a complete different story. The longer you stay and respond, to such a variety of discussions, your character, and integrity is bound to shine through. Thank you for your kind words I know they are sincere, another prediction:)
@Stringbean (1273)
• United States
6 Mar 07
It really makes me unhappy when someone asks me my name and I tell them, only to have them shorten it the next time they speak to me. I have tried correcting them, which usually makes them act offended when they were just trying to be friendly. I have tried mentioning the spelling of it while they are nearby. Nothing seems to work with these people. My name is Jeanne. (Pronounced GeeKnee) No one calls me Jeanne. To them, I am Jean. I know, it isn't a big deal--maybe not to most people but it bugs me.
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@Anniedup (3652)
• Richards Bay, South Africa
6 Mar 07
Stringbean, I hear what you saying, ok I will call you Jeanne, how's that? Thank you very much for your response Jeanne:)
• United States
7 Mar 07
Many thanks.
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@GardenGerty (126884)
• United States
7 Mar 07
I try to be respectful and ask people what they like to be called. My given name does not have any real suitable nicknames. Heather--"Heth", "Heddy","Hefver", in Jr. Hi. "Heather Honey" after a pop song. My name has been so mangled, I like to take other people's wishes into consideration.
@Anniedup (3652)
• Richards Bay, South Africa
7 Mar 07
I am always considerate and courteous, and will ask them what they want to be called. I will never give a nickname to people that only know on a platonic basis. I think when it comes to close friends and family it is different altogether. Thank you for your response "Heather Honey":)))
• United States
6 Mar 07
If the person knows I do not like what they are calling me and they call me by that name anyway, then I have a problem with it.
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@Anniedup (3652)
• Richards Bay, South Africa
7 Mar 07
No sure I hear what you saying, I feel the same Thx for your response my pal
@honeyangel (1992)
6 Mar 07
my name is susan and i get called sus or susie and when i lived in england i was called jock.it doesnt bother me that people shorten my name.
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@Anniedup (3652)
• Richards Bay, South Africa
6 Mar 07
Yeah it doesn't bother me either, but someone in my family hates it and I see her point as well. She feels very strongly about the name you were given at birth. My name is Annalene and they call me Annie, I don't mind it sounds softer. thx for the response Susie:)
@yanjiaren (9050)
6 Mar 07
I like being called afang by my hubby and yanji by you guys but guess what i was called when i was akid in school? eleftheria is my greek name but i was called diptheria and bacterianot very nice for boosting a young girl's confidence is it lol? So it all depends on the name ..
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@Anniedup (3652)
• Richards Bay, South Africa
7 Mar 07
Well eleftheria... wait I can't type I'm laughing so much. good heavens, now for almost, the last straw! diphtheria! girl no wander you are such a strong gal!!! Thx eleftheria diphtheria bacterianot:D for your time, I know you are very busy with all your new projects so thx buddy, I really appreciate your response xx take care
• Romania
6 Mar 07
i don't mind having nicknames as long as some limits aren't overtaken. i had some really rude class mates a few years ago who never thought of any limits when calling someone by nicknames. but now i don't mind because whoever gives me a nickname, i start to like it (that may be because i have inspired friends, i don't know lol). my boyfriend has been calling me by a nickname for almost 4 years now. he's calling me "fattie" (that's the best translation i could find) because he was always telling me how thin i am. so "fattie" has the exact opposite meaning. so now you can imagine that he rarely calls me by my name... more than this, whenever he calls me by my name, it means that he's upset or just serious...(a reason to worry) :P
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@Anniedup (3652)
• Richards Bay, South Africa
6 Mar 07
It is so very true, you get so use to your nickname, that when they use your full or real name, you are kind of shocked, and you wait for a reprimanding. Thx very much for the response fattie:)))
@SageMother (2277)
• United States
6 Mar 07
I find this irritating. It is as if the person is saying "your name isn't worth speaking" so the shorten it for their convenience. I am suer they mean no harm but when they are told this is irritating they really should try to stop it and use your full name.
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@Anniedup (3652)
• Richards Bay, South Africa
6 Mar 07
You sound like someone in my family, and she was the reason I started this post, I don't mind personally, as long as there are boundaries, and like you said, if the particular person tells you he/she doesn't like it then stop. Thank you for your response
• Canada
6 Mar 07
I am one of them people that is really bad for shortening down a person's name , not sure why I do this but I always have . I don't mind when anyone shortens down my name at all and it was a big joke to my sister and I as when my mother named us , she tried to pick names that could not be shortened down so we wouldn't have nicknames . Well that didn't work as there was a way to shorten my name down as it is Rachel and everyone started calling me Rai or Rach and my sister has red hair so everyone called her Rusty lol .
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@Anniedup (3652)
• Richards Bay, South Africa
6 Mar 07
I don't mind either, but some in my family hates it. Is it not funny how they always call someone with red hair, rusty or flame:) Thx for the response Rach:)
• United States
6 Mar 07
I don't mind nicknames. I think people do it when they really like you, so it makes you feel good and know that they care I guess. Or something like that. My name is Angela, never go by that, but I go by Angie. People call me Ang a lot and other little names. I really don't mind.
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@Anniedup (3652)
• Richards Bay, South Africa
6 Mar 07
Yes I don't mind either, and it makes you feel good, the only time it bothers me, is when nicknames are out of line. Thx for your response Angie:)
@makaira (1159)
• Philippines
22 Oct 07
sometimes i like it when people have a nickname for me but sometimes i dont like specially if the nickname doesn't sounds good or have a bad meaning. but generally, i like nicknames because it reminds me of the person who gave me the nick and the other way around. am back... cheers!!!