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2019.12.29

What's in a Name? Part 3

Jessica here with another round of What's in a Name. Today, I'm going to talk about nicknames.

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Nicknames can be anything from a shortened version of your name to a reference to a situation or trait. Many people are very particular about their names and nicknames. For example, the name Elizabeth can be shortened many different ways. Eliza, Elly, Liza, Liz, Lizzy, Beth etc. However, one Elizabeth might like being called Liz and another might hate it.//

Personally, my name can be shortened to Jess or Jessie but I do not like being called Jessie at all.

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Being called by a name they don't like can make people quite angry sometimes. So, it's best not to shorten someone's name unless they tell you that it's okay. Even if you hear someone use the nickname, it might not be okay in certain situations.

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For example, my friends at school always called me 'Jess' but my family never ever calls me 'Jess.' They either use my family-only nickname, 'Jessica' or my full name.

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A quick note on full names: a lot of native English speakers have middle names. In my case, I almost never use my middle name except on official documents. When I was young, my parents would say both my first name and middle name when I was in trouble. So, when I hear my full name, I feel like the person calling me is angry. Many people feel the same way.

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The way you call someone can change the way they feel about the situation very easily so please be careful when using people's nicknames and full names. Remember, when in doubt, just ask.

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