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To be annoyed when people refer to shortened names as ' nicknames'

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Lola247 Sat 27-May-17 11:37:17

Is it just me or does anyone else hate it when a shortened version of a name is called a 'nickname'. Elenor being Ellie for instance. Or Christopher getting Chris. Yes they're a shortened name of their full name but it's their name nevertheless. Not a nickname. In my day nicknames were 'teabag' and 'boffer' or am I over thinking this?

AntigoneJones Sat 27-May-17 11:40:59

I would say you are over-thinking tbh.

DonkeyOaty Sat 27-May-17 11:42:04

Chris from Christopher is indeed a contracted form of the personal name, but who is going to say that when they can say nickname?


honeylulu Sat 27-May-17 11:47:31

The term for a shortened version of a name is diminutive (I believe). But I wouldn't say it in general conversation as it would make me look like a pompous twat.
A nickname can be any name other than your actual, given/birth certificate name, so can cover diminutives and more random nicknames. No?

MyWhatICallNameChange Sat 27-May-17 11:53:45

I agree OP. I don't think of my name as a nickname, it's my name, just happens to be the shortened version of my name that I never ever use.

Whatever happened to proper nicknames? No one seems to have them anymore.

VladmirsPoutine Sat 27-May-17 11:55:24

It's a diminutive as a PP pointed out.

Anyway, it's Saturday. Have a a cup of tea and chill out smile

echt Sat 27-May-17 12:04:34

Ahem. Nickname comes from the Old English nekename, meaning additional name. "Eke" means also.

So, yeah they are nicknames.

Though I see you might wish to distinguish Edward's "Teddy" from his more intimate "Mr Floppy."

harderandharder2breathe Sat 27-May-17 12:08:14

I know several of people with nicknames that aren't shortened forms of their names, most of them are men though although I do as well (I'm a woman)

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