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Calling a man over 18 by their "little boy" name..

Billy, Bobby, Ollie, Teddy, Johnny, Rickey, Tommy, Willy, etc


by Anonymousreply 7309/26/2013


by Anonymousreply 107/26/2013

Nothing dries up my boi cooter quicker!

by Anonymousreply 207/26/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 307/26/2013

Griping about people's names...


by Anonymousreply 407/26/2013

I don't see the problem. It can be situationally preferable, in my opinion. I've always had a soft spot for Teddy.

by Anonymousreply 507/26/2013

I agree. Odd calling a 45 year old man any of those names. Although the Kennedy's had their fair share of 'em.

by Anonymousreply 607/26/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 707/26/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 807/26/2013

I like being called Stevie. It's a fun, friendly term if endearment. Not a little boy name.

by Anonymousreply 907/26/2013

Generally charming. Except when the person turns out to be a killer or something.

by Anonymousreply 1007/26/2013

Ricky Martin doesn't seem to mind.

by Anonymousreply 1107/26/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 1207/27/2013

We were still calling him Young Dr. Watkins when he died at 88 years of age. Of course, this was in the South.

by Anonymousreply 1309/14/2013

In Edwardian England the given name "Boy" was sometimes bestowed.

by Anonymousreply 1409/14/2013

Grown men using little boys are ridiculous. Same goes for women BTW (Katie, Missy etc).

by Anonymousreply 1509/14/2013

What R4 said.

by Anonymousreply 1609/14/2013

My grandfather's 82-year-old best friend was named PeeWee.

We never knew his real given name.

by Anonymousreply 1709/14/2013

I went out ONCE with a guy called "Cricket". Can you believe how stupid I was?

by Anonymousreply 1809/14/2013

I am the only one left who still calls my big brother "Bobby". He does not object.

by Anonymousreply 1909/14/2013

r7 - I know a Jimmy also.

Where is he located?

by Anonymousreply 2009/14/2013

I always cringed when his fellow senators would refer to him as 'Teddy Kennedy'..........even though I did too

by Anonymousreply 2109/14/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 2209/14/2013

It's common here in the South.

by Anonymousreply 2309/14/2013

It never held us back.

by Anonymousreply 2409/15/2013

I love the name Conrad, r23. Although in my home land it's Konrad.

by Anonymousreply 2509/15/2013

No problem with this whatsoever.

by Anonymousreply 2609/15/2013

I'm Rick but get Ricky once in awhile. Hate it, and have hated it since I was young.

by Anonymousreply 2709/15/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 2809/15/2013

Matt? Matthew?

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.

by Anonymousreply 2909/15/2013

People who've never met Robert DeNiro call him "Bobby."

by Anonymousreply 3009/15/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 3109/15/2013

I beg to differ, R30.

by Anonymousreply 3209/15/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 3309/15/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 3409/15/2013

I was named Willie at birth, but people assume William is my legal name. Most of my friends call me Will.

by Anonymousreply 3509/15/2013

What's all this, then?

by Anonymousreply 3609/15/2013

It's not unusual in Italian American families.

by Anonymousreply 3709/15/2013

We're still waiting for YOUNG Mr. Grace.

by Anonymousreply 3809/15/2013

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?

by Anonymousreply 3909/15/2013

it's a requirement here

Richie, Vinnie, Bobby et al. . . . .

by Anonymousreply 4009/15/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 4109/15/2013

You want to really piss a guy off, call his dick by it's 'little boy name'.

by Anonymousreply 4209/15/2013

What's the big deal?

by Anonymousreply 4309/15/2013

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?

by Anonymousreply 4409/15/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 4509/15/2013

My best friend is Billy. He's 34, but he's just a Billy. Nothing about him is a Bill or William.

by Anonymousreply 4609/15/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 4709/15/2013

Quite right, R48. A well-deserved observation. And as it happens, I've spent much of the day writing about decedents.

by Anonymousreply 4809/15/2013

Oh, that's cute, R49.

by Anonymousreply 4909/15/2013

These name threads make me grateful for my own. Every time I hear about Connor, Raheim, or Billy Bob, I'm grateful.

by Anonymousreply 5009/15/2013

Is the diminutive of a black name made by stopping at the apostrophe?

by Anonymousreply 5109/15/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 5209/15/2013

Bobby James Ewing.

by Anonymousreply 5309/15/2013

What is the deal with apostrophes that don't indicate possession or a missing letter? Why would a parent advertise illiteracy?

by Anonymousreply 5409/15/2013


by Anonymousreply 5509/15/2013

[quote]What about Angelina's ex? Should we call him William Robert Thornton?

His actual name is Billy Bob.

by Anonymousreply 5609/15/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 5709/15/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 5809/17/2013

I read this wrong. I read it as calling a man over 18 "little boy" and I got turned on.

by Anonymousreply 5909/17/2013

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".

by Anonymousreply 6009/17/2013

Ricky Ricardo didn't mind, but Ricky Nelson hated it.

by Anonymousreply 6109/17/2013

It's Betty, motherfuckers.

by Anonymousreply 6209/17/2013


Not at all, Cunty.

by Anonymousreply 6309/17/2013

I'm going to fuck you up, OP.

by Anonymousreply 6409/17/2013

Adult men with names like Mickey & Ricky.

What do we think?

by Anonymousreply 6509/25/2013

My brother's a Ricky, but now he's a Rick and his 14 year old is a Ricky.

by Anonymousreply 6609/25/2013

Cup cradlers.

by Anonymousreply 6709/25/2013

Don't like 'em.

by Anonymousreply 6809/25/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 6909/25/2013

One of the hottest, nicest, most ethical men I know is a Mickey.

by Anonymousreply 7009/25/2013

Would Danny Bonaduce be more likable if he used his first name?

by Anonymousreply 7109/25/2013

I think it's just fine

by Anonymousreply 7209/26/2013
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