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Nicknames: Where do you stand?

September 7, 2011 Linda Rosenkrantz

Today’s Question of the Week is about where you stand on nicknames and nickname names.

There is a sliding scale of attitudes when it comes to nicknames: some people pick a name specifically to get to its pet form, others choose a name because it can’t be readily nicknamed, sometimes putting the nn right on the birth certificate. Where you you stand?

*I deliberately picked a name that would be hard to nickname.

*I prefer to call my child by his full name and encourage others to do so, difficult as it sometimes is.

*I chose a name to get to its nickname.

*I usually call my child by a short/pet form, one that I had determined at the same time I picked the name.

*I usually call my child by a nickname, which has evolved over time.

*My child has more than one nickname, used by different people.

*I gave my child a nickname name.

*I don’t have kids yet, but I’m pretty sure I know where I stand on the issue.

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