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Cath, Catherine, Cathy

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Caff2 Sun 13-Oct-13 23:24:17

Which would you prefer? Light hearted, I've been living with all three for years!

Lovecat Sun 13-Oct-13 23:25:48

Catherine or Cathy.

Never Cath. Living darn Sarf as I do, too often it becomes Caff. I am not an establishment selling teas and snacks.

MrsHoolie Sun 13-Oct-13 23:26:15

I'm a Catherine and everyone calls me Cath apart from my close family. I always introduce myself as Cath when I meet someone for the first time.
I suppose it was in the teenage years that it changed.

ScarerAndFuck Sun 13-Oct-13 23:27:18


Caff2 Sun 13-Oct-13 23:30:10

Well, I'm always Cathy, and Cath is affectionate. Don't know why!

sonlypuppyfat Sun 13-Oct-13 23:32:17

I prefer full names nothing shortened, I'm a Deborah but if any one calls me Debbie I do have to fight the urge to rip their heads off.

Vijac Sun 13-Oct-13 23:32:50


Caff2 Sun 13-Oct-13 23:34:24

smile if I ripped the heads off the nick namers, I'd be in big trouble!

kaumana Sun 13-Oct-13 23:37:00

Cathy or Catherine. Great name BTW.

BackforGood Sun 13-Oct-13 23:39:08

Depends a bit on your surname
"Cath Smith" sounds a bit like you are barking an instruction, so, if it were Smith, then I'd go with Cathy when introducing yourself.......of course, if your suname were 'Baffy', then I'd stick with Cath wink

Caff2 Sun 13-Oct-13 23:42:24

No one ever calls me Catherine, even when I introduce myself so. I always become Cathy or Cath! I don't mind, but I don't know why!

UnicornsNotRiddenByGrownUps Sun 13-Oct-13 23:43:08

I would go with Cat! But out of your options I would say Cath.

1944girl Sun 13-Oct-13 23:50:53

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lurkerspeaks Mon 14-Oct-13 00:34:03

Not Cathy. Ever. It makes my teeth itch.
The other abbreviations I live with.

Caitlin17 Mon 14-Oct-13 00:37:16

If I were a Catherine or a Katherine I wouldn't like Kath/Cath but I'd love the full names or any of K(C)athy, K(C)ate, K(C)aty, Kitty or Kit. I wouldn't like Cat, but that's because it would remind me of Cat Power, who is very annoying and I can't stand her voice.

katese11 Mon 14-Oct-13 04:25:08

I'm a Catherine but also a Kate (thanks mum!) People have called me every variation under the sun tho!

nennypops Mon 14-Oct-13 04:30:20

Cathy or Catherine, I suppose. But generally if someone tells me their name is Catherine, that is what I use - I wouldn't contemplate shortening it unless the other person introduces or signs herself by the shortened person. I have a name which is quite often shortened but never has been in my case, and I think I would be quite annoyed if someone just took it on themselves to call me by the short version when I had introduced/signed myself by the full name.

bluestar2 Mon 14-Oct-13 06:25:42

I have had catherine cath and cat over years. I can't stand being called cathy, don't like cat that much now either so generally it's cath, but tbh would prob just prefer catherine now. Such name confusion perhaps we should throw cate into mix?!

partyondude Mon 14-Oct-13 06:31:40

Dd is Catherine. We always intended her yo be cat but realised she might get confused by the felines so her long name stuck. She doesn't like it being shortened.

ShowMeYourTARDIS Mon 14-Oct-13 06:38:40

Catherine, nickname Cat or Cathy.

Cath makes me think of catheter.

EhricLovesTeamQhuay Mon 14-Oct-13 06:42:32

Katherine, very occasionally Kat to close friends. Kath or Kathy are unacceptable grin

PeppermintScreams Mon 14-Oct-13 06:47:14

Cath. But prefer Catherine when my name is written down with my surname.

Hi Cath, is fine.
Dear Cath Screams, makes me cringe and a little bit stabby.

BrokenSunglasses Mon 14-Oct-13 08:11:18

Any, as long as its not Cat. You are not an animal.

PervCat Mon 14-Oct-13 08:12:48

Cath is very loathsome

Moxiegirl Mon 14-Oct-13 08:13:00

Always Catherine, apart from xh who insists on calling me cat hmm

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