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My name is Nicholas.

Not Nick. Or "Nico". That is all.

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gmh
Feb. 6th, 2009 10:58 pm (UTC)
Oh yes, I can appreciate the irritation. There are a surprising number of people who feel the need to abbreviate the name 'Gideon' to 'Gid'...
flexor
Feb. 9th, 2009 09:23 am (UTC)
Not me, I assure you. Mainly because I already know a Gid. People tend not to abbreviate my name. The only one who did was a Git.
nmg
Feb. 6th, 2009 11:01 pm (UTC)
I have uncles and aunts who still call me 'Nicky'.
nickbarnes
Feb. 6th, 2009 11:02 pm (UTC)
It was always thus.
sbisson
Feb. 6th, 2009 11:07 pm (UTC)
Oh yes. I really really dislike being called "Si".
(Anonymous)
Feb. 6th, 2009 11:19 pm (UTC)
I can only agree. I am constantly chafed by people too lazy to use my full name who insist on calling me "Mark".

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yiskah
Feb. 6th, 2009 11:23 pm (UTC)
I know I made the mistake of calling you Nick once, sorry! I have since corrected myself.

I'm on the other side of the fence: it freaks me out when non-work people call me Jessica rather than Jess.
iainjcoleman
Feb. 6th, 2009 11:37 pm (UTC)
Fortunately, no one has ever come up with a half-way convincing abbreviation of "Iain".
inuitmonster
Feb. 6th, 2009 11:59 pm (UTC)
Ian?
iainjcoleman
Feb. 7th, 2009 12:32 am (UTC)
Thin ice, my friend, thin ice.
martin_wisse
Feb. 6th, 2009 11:44 pm (UTC)
So Nickster is right out?

(For such a common shortening, I don't think anybody has ever called me Marty.)
saare_snowqueen
Feb. 7th, 2009 12:26 pm (UTC)
Does that go for Nicholai as well?
outerego
Feb. 7th, 2009 01:13 am (UTC)
I despise any abbreviations of my name but have found myself confounded when I am called "colon" by Americans, and not "Colin". I mean, come, thats's a joke, isn;t it?
mizkit
Feb. 7th, 2009 11:06 am (UTC)
Nope, it's an inability to hear the difference, or a tendency to put the emphasis in the wrong place. Do you pronounce your name COHlin, like Colin Powell?
slimmeroftheyea
Feb. 7th, 2009 01:31 am (UTC)
name calling
I can beat yiz all. Now where will I start - Edith,Ena Edna, Enoch, Eunuch ( a neighbour, led to psychological scarring) need I go on? There are many more.......................
rfmcdpei
Feb. 7th, 2009 04:55 am (UTC)
I hate Randolph.
sammywol
Feb. 7th, 2009 08:47 am (UTC)
I have always been rather fond of the francophone pronunciation of 'Nicholas' myself ... but 'Nico'?! Yech!
ephiriel
Feb. 7th, 2009 09:16 am (UTC)
Yes I have to say I don't know what it is but names are really personal things that sometimes don't get the respect they deserve. I don't mind being called Dee or D. by people I know but for people to start using it upon introduction drives me nuts. I have to admit though that the spelling of my name or the misspelling of it is the thing that really bugs me. I before E except after C and in the spelling of DEIRDRE. The use of surnames is another rant I could have but won't cause there's only some many hours in the day.
Can you guess that this is a topic I've ranted about before?
D.
wyvernfriend
Feb. 7th, 2009 03:56 pm (UTC)
ditto.

Oh and Coronation Street needs to be nuked for the Deer-Dree pronunciation
redfiona99
Feb. 7th, 2009 10:32 pm (UTC)
Sadly it's the whole of the North of England you'll need to be nuking. What is your prefered pronunciation?
wyvernfriend
Feb. 8th, 2009 12:53 am (UTC)
Deer-dra is as close as I can make it, I don't mind it if they're reading off something but if they're using it as often as some customer service idiots seem to think personalises the call and they're pronouncing it back to me wrong almost every sentence then I really want to kill.
liberaliser
Feb. 8th, 2009 01:33 pm (UTC)
As for i before e except after c, this "rule" is ancient, I'm afraid, and weird.
liberaliser
Feb. 7th, 2009 11:56 am (UTC)
Haven't you heard of Jammy Grammy Lammy F'Huppa F'Huppa Berlin Stereo Eo Eo Lebb C'Yepp Nermonica Le Straypek De Grespin De Crespin De Spespin De Vespin De Whoop De Loop De Brunkle Merry Christmas Lenoir? Her friends call her Polly.
rmc28
Feb. 7th, 2009 12:10 pm (UTC)
You realise that the next time we meet I will have to suppress a childish urge to call you 'Nico' ? (don't worry, I will (probably) succeed).
alexmc
Feb. 7th, 2009 03:32 pm (UTC)
Sorry dude, if you associate with Greeks then they might very well call you "Nico" whether you like it or not. They probably dont mean any disrespect.

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I try to call people by the name they use when referring to themselves. I still call my colleagues Stephen and Patrick even though other people call them Steve and Pat. I usually go by what they put at the ends of their emails.

A chinese friend of a friend signed herself "Shu" but all her friends call her "Sue". I was most perplexed.
slovobooks
Feb. 8th, 2009 06:36 pm (UTC)
Please tell me how someoneended up thinking is was a good idea to call you Nico.

And with a name like Pádraig Ó Méalóid, I assure you I fully understand the annoyance of people deciding that they've the right to call you by a name you know you never gave them any indication you'd like to be known by.
applez
Feb. 8th, 2009 10:19 pm (UTC)
"Nicky Baby, why didn't you say so before?" [/Mafiaspeak]

Nicholas it is then.
drasecretcampus
Feb. 9th, 2009 02:18 pm (UTC)
It's amazing how few people get names. I was Andrew with one group (who had an Andy) and maybe Andy with another. To one friend I said I didn't mind, so they jumped in with Andy - and that spread. And then I realised how that made me confusable with Andy Sawyer - which I didn't want to inflict on him - so I've tried since to insist on Andrew. Only the people I've introduced myself to in the last four years didn't listen. As in

"I'm Andrew."
"Hello Andy."

Now I've lost track of who I am to whom. And - following someone's coinage - I've even attempted And. Which I find I like. But it hasn't caught on.
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