Some people use it throughout their lifetime. If one chooses not to, one must inform those who are unaware that you now wish to be called, ----.
Now if you've corrected the person and they still call you Billy, Bobby, or such, then that is different. Slap them silly.
Griping about people's names...
I don't see the problem. It can be situationally preferable, in my opinion. I've always had a soft spot for Teddy.
I agree. Odd calling a 45 year old man any of those names. Although the Kennedy's had their fair share of 'em.
not really, I know a guy, his name is Jimmy, not James or Jim, apparently that's how his parents named him, sometimes he has to correct people when they try to write his "formal" name, no it's Jimmy only, not James.
The only ones who could ever get away with calling me "a little boy name" are the ladies in my life--my mother, my sister and my niece.
I like being called Stevie. It's a fun, friendly term if endearment. Not a little boy name.
Generally charming. Except when the person turns out to be a killer or something.
Ricky Martin doesn't seem to mind.
I'm James, but Jimmy to a lot of people, mostly older than me. I don't mind, I'm sorry my name has fallen out of fashion. I was hoping the new Prince would've been a James.
We were still calling him Young Dr. Watkins when he died at 88 years of age. Of course, this was in the South.
In Edwardian England the given name "Boy" was sometimes bestowed.
Grown men using little boys are ridiculous. Same goes for women BTW (Katie, Missy etc).
What R4 said.
My grandfather's 82-year-old best friend was named PeeWee.
We never knew his real given name.
I went out ONCE with a guy called "Cricket". Can you believe how stupid I was?
I am the only one left who still calls my big brother "Bobby". He does not object.
r7 - I know a Jimmy also.
Where is he located?
I always cringed when his fellow senators would refer to him as 'Teddy Kennedy'..........even though I did too
My dad has always gone by a diminutive nickname because he hates his given name. No sociopathic tendencies to infer from that. Nobody has ever called him Conrad in his life, including his mother who saddled him with that name in the first place.
It's common here in the South.
It never held us back.
I love the name Conrad, r23. Although in my home land it's Konrad.
No problem with this whatsoever.
I'm Rick but get Ricky once in awhile. Hate it, and have hated it since I was young.
Jimmys Hoffa, Stewart, Carter, Buffet, Smits, Page
Tommys Lee Jones, Lasorda
Eddies Murphy, Van Halen, Money, Albert
Among others disagree and think you're a controlling tool for making a fuss.
They also think that it's much more pretentious when someone announces to the world they're no longer going by the diminutive version of their name and get hissy and pissy when someone uses it, rather than simply allowing it to transition naturally by merely introducing oneself to new people with the formal name.
I was a Matthew growing up, Matt in my 20's and 30's, and back to Matthew again. I think both are boy names, rather than names for men.
People who've never met Robert DeNiro call him "Bobby."
A friend worked with Dick Van Patten when he was a kid actor in the 40s. His friends from that era still call him Dickie.
I beg to differ, R30.
I'm now in my early 30's and still get called 'Gidi' as opposed to Gideon which is what I'd prefer to be addressed as.With the exception of my mother and five older siblings,it annoys me at the very least to be called by one of the worst nicknames to have ever existed.
My dad was a Jim. When I was a kid and first heard someone call my dad Jimmy, it threw me. What? He was in his fifties, but this was one of the really old folks in town, who knew him when he was in knickerbockers. It made me consider him, for the first time, as someone who had been a child, too.
I was named Willie at birth, but people assume William is my legal name. Most of my friends call me Will.
So, what shall we call the Red Headed Stranger? William Nelson? Bill Nelson?
What about Angelina's ex? Should we call him William Robert Thornton?
it's a requirement here
Richie, Vinnie, Bobby et al. . . . .
I'm an American that plays guitar in a traditional Irish band. I meet Irish guys all the time with a "little boy" name. It's common for them to put a "y" at the end of the name and leave it there for a lifetime. It took awhile to get used to it.
You want to really piss a guy off, call his dick by it's 'little boy name'.
What are names that used to have a longer form that is no longer used, but people will still name their kids the shortened form?
OP, the antecedant of "their" is "a man," which is singular. So it should be "by his 'little boy' name." The only excuse for using "their" is avoidance of gender-specificity. But you've already stated that it's a man, so the gender has been determined.
My best friend is Billy. He's 34, but he's just a Billy. Nothing about him is a Bill or William.
R46, you asked for it: it's a-n-t-e-c-e-d-[bold]e[/bold]-n-t.
You're right about "man" and "his," of course.
Quite right, R48. A well-deserved observation. And as it happens, I've spent much of the day writing about decedents.
Oh, that's cute, R49.
These name threads make me grateful for my own. Every time I hear about Connor, Raheim, or Billy Bob, I'm grateful.
Is the diminutive of a black name made by stopping at the apostrophe?
it depends on who's doing it; I have a short list of people who can call me a version of my name. (Think Life cereal.)
Someone who truly cares about you can call you anything.
Bobby James Ewing.
What is the deal with apostrophes that don't indicate possession or a missing letter? Why would a parent advertise illiteracy?
[quote]What about Angelina's ex? Should we call him William Robert Thornton?
His actual name is Billy Bob.
A friend was born Bobby Joe in Texas. It was embarrassing when he applied for corporate jobs in New York. Had it legally changed to Robert, with no middle name.
My mother grew up in O'Fallon, IL. with a boy named Billy Beedle. He went to Hollywood, became a famous actor, and used the more mature name of William Holden. Whether it was " Golden Boy", or "Sunset Blvd.", or any other of his films on TV, whenever my mother would walk by, and see him on the screen, she'd say 'Oh, there's Billy Beedle', or 'Billy was so good in that'. The world knew him as William, or Bill Holden - but to my mother, he would never be anything but Billy.
I read this wrong. I read it as calling a man over 18 "little boy" and I got turned on.
I still call my little brother "Jimmy" and he's in his 40's.
He'll always be "Jimmy" to me and everyone in the family. But his friends call him "Jim".
Ricky Ricardo didn't mind, but Ricky Nelson hated it.
It's Betty, motherfuckers.
Not at all, Cunty.
I'm going to fuck you up, OP.
Adult men with names like Mickey & Ricky.
What do we think?
My brother's a Ricky, but now he's a Rick and his 14 year old is a Ricky.
Don't like 'em.
whereas I never tire of my bf calling me Ricky, I get so annoyed by people we know referring to this married cocksucker about town who is pushing 50 and they call him Scottie.
One of the hottest, nicest, most ethical men I know is a Mickey.
Would Danny Bonaduce be more likable if he used his first name?