Advanced search

Lets call him John

(27 Posts)
ErNope Wed 22-Jun-16 10:59:40

AIBU to be really annoyed when I see this?
Especially as most cases they will name the people in their thread then never use the name and just refer to them as DD/EX/DP/FIL/FIL'S Friend/whatever. seems rather pointless to me
Prepares for a flaming

EatShitDerek Wed 22-Jun-16 11:01:45

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

ErNope Wed 22-Jun-16 11:03:10

I suppose that makes some sense, but I get irrationally annoyed when they say 'We'll call FIL's friend john'' then just refer to him as FIL's friend, for example.

EnidButton Wed 22-Jun-16 11:03:15

Yes! They're always really long posts too so by the time I've read the huge second paragraph I've forgotten who is who and have to go back to the start to remind myself. Always lose track.

The acronyms are there for a reason.

branofthemist Wed 22-Jun-16 11:04:16

I prefer names when there is about 6 people involved. For some reason it makes more sense in my head.

PartiallyStars Wed 22-Jun-16 11:05:53

I do find that a bit weird, especially if the name is something like Alicia or Berenice - not a name that just springs to mind. But what really drives me mad is the use of "think" - Eg I work from home, think making lavender filled Minions and selling them at the local market, or I live in a large Scottish city, think place beginning with e that has a ruddy great castle and is famed for its New Year celebrations. Why do we have to think? You have been specific enough to tell us exactly what it is you want us to think, why not just say it???

ErNope Wed 22-Jun-16 11:07:17

High five Partially.
Another annoyance that I didn't feel strongly enough about to start a thread
I have found my people grin

PartiallyStars Wed 22-Jun-16 11:08:35

grin I am high fiving you but I am calling you Maurice.

LordoftheTits Wed 22-Jun-16 11:21:58

Yes! I understand when there are several "characters" in the story and it could get confusing so you call them Alice and Lisa and then go on to explain without crossed wires.

However, it annoys me when someone says "let's call them Dave" and then "Dave" is never referred to again confused

TheDuchessOfArbroathsHat Wed 22-Jun-16 11:24:25

Yes! This really grates on me - I don't know why except it seems somehow so contrived and dramatic. What's with "Let's call him John" "Let's call her Sue" etc. Who gives a shiny one? Just call him John, call him what the fuck you like - we're never going to know if that's his name or not are we and nor are we going to care. Just make up a name - no need for the flowery preamble. Just do it. Fuck's sake - I need coffee! grin

acasualobserver Wed 22-Jun-16 11:25:46

I think the OP should just tell her/his story. Everyone will assume that the OP won't be stupid enough to use the real names of the people involved. If, by some infintely tiny chance, there are real people who coincidentally match the circumstances of the OP's account, then MN should award them a prize.

SapphireStrange Wed 22-Jun-16 11:25:52

Names are useful, I find, if it's a complicated set-up involving more than just a small dramatis personae.

Also, if they're given names I can picture them much better. grin

TheHiphopopotamus Wed 22-Jun-16 11:28:15

I'm not sure. What does irritate me though is friend A friend B and friend C. I can never follow what's going on. Although agree that people using DS for son/sister and DF for friend/father/ etc. is also confusing.

HostaFireandIce Wed 22-Jun-16 11:29:19

I think it depends. There's no point naming FiL, DS1, DP etc, but those threads about friendship groups are much easier to follow if they're named Claudius, Jimmy and Horatio than if they're DP's Friend1, Friend2 etc.

LondonStill83 Wed 22-Jun-16 11:29:25

Yes, both of these things annoy me.

As do "friend A, B, C". I know we need delineation but it is hard to follow "A spoke to B, who told C that A said this, and B phoned me to tell me that C responded in this way, AIBU to think that A is out of line?"

I also dislike when someone refers to a "hobby". Unless it is crafting artisanal marzipan fruits to sell at a famous Christmas Market (think a city in Somerset famous for it's Roman Pools), it's not likely that sharing details of your hobby will out you.

EssentialHummus Wed 22-Jun-16 11:29:40


I can't cope with a large cast of characters in a thread. I don't care that your neighbour's dog-walker's sister Mathilde was wearing pink and eating a custard cream unless it directly relates to why you hate your MIL / you don't want to live in Stevenage / you think you should go to A&E.

TheDuchessOfArbroathsHat Wed 22-Jun-16 11:30:40

I agree with that Hipho - I can't follow those either. I think by all means give them names but just give them bloody names for fuck's sake! Any names - nobody cares. I always think "Let's call him......" makes the story sound too contrived and cooked up and I start from a point of not believing it.

EssentialHummus Wed 22-Jun-16 11:31:05

(I know it's not the same thing, but I needed a rant.)

AnnPerkins Wed 22-Jun-16 11:31:49


Most people who post in chat forums aren't professional writers, so if they don't manage to get every detail, every nuance, every fact down in their first post and remain consistent in every subsequent post, particularly if they're in an emotional state, I think we should let them off.

<checks post about five times before thinking fuck it and clicking POST MESSAGE>

U2HasTheEdge Wed 22-Jun-16 11:36:38

I remember when a poster came on and said ' lets call him John, because that is his name'

It made me smile!

I prefer having made up names, much easier to follow.

plimsolls Wed 22-Jun-16 11:43:33

Ha ha. I mostly agree.

On a side note, I'm always amazed how many posters have "hobbies". I've had to make up that section of my CV since I was about 15 I think.

I know it's not what they mean by hobbies but I always imagine their DH spending every Saturday at a découpage class or them being out every Wednesday evening for flower arranging in the town hall.

timelytess Wed 22-Jun-16 11:44:16

I'm with you, OP. I always think people have made the whole thing up if they start with the 'Let's call...' business.

plimsolls Wed 22-Jun-16 11:46:04

DDog, Dfish, Dnext-door-neighbour (etc) always makes a post hard to read. Just write 'dog' - we will assume you hold it in very high regard anyway.

timelytess Wed 22-Jun-16 11:50:41

Oh wouldn't that be wonderful. My late M, not DM. My F, not DF. Could we stretch to Fr for Friend and Fi for fiancé/e? Clarity is on the horizon.

kerbys Wed 22-Jun-16 11:53:26

Whenever a poster has a husband with a time consuming hobby that has ruined their life, I always think CYCLING.

Join the discussion

Join the discussion

Registering is free, easy, and means you can join in the discussion, get discounts, win prizes and lots more.

Register now