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Old 11-21-2013, 06:27 PM
 
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My name is Michael for example, and I absolutely hate it when people insist on calling me Mike. I'm tempted to correct people but I don't want to make a scene or be a jerk. Michael is a respectable name, Mike sounds like a douchebag or trash name to me.

I'm sure it's a lot worse for a lot of people. Imagine being named Richard and people insisting you answer to Dick!
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Old 11-21-2013, 07:02 PM
 
Location: southwestern PA
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My name is Michael for example, and I absolutely hate it when people insist on calling me Mike. I'm tempted to correct people but I don't want to make a scene or be a jerk.
Then the nickname is NOT being "forced" on you... you allow it!

And what does this have to do with fashion & Beauty?
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Old 11-21-2013, 09:19 PM
 
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I know what you are saying but we should not be hasty to jump the gun.

It would be like having a long name and people shortening it to make it easy for them, but you don't want to correct them.

I can see how this would bother anyone.
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Old 11-22-2013, 11:25 AM
 
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When a plant closing and divorce forced me into the ghetto, I'd tell the local Mexicans my Christian name in Spanish, but they just kept calling me bolillo, gabacho, or guero. Since I thought there was a language barrier, I'd repeat my name only to be called bolillo again and again. Eventually when they asked me my name, I'd just say bolillo. It usually got a lot of laughs.

Cheers,
bolillo

Last edited by bolillo_loco; 11-22-2013 at 11:29 AM.. Reason: No Rhodes scholar here
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Old 11-22-2013, 11:43 AM
 
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My name is Michael for example, and I absolutely hate it when people insist on calling me Mike. I'm tempted to correct people but I don't want to make a scene or be a jerk. Michael is a respectable name, Mike sounds like a douchebag or trash name to me.

I'm sure it's a lot worse for a lot of people. Imagine being named Richard and people insisting you answer to Dick!
I've dated a few Michaels, never once did I call them Mike, just didn't seem to fit, but ,I have had guy friends that introduced themselves as Mike and so that was how I would referred to those few. I definitely get your point, especially after years of having my own name shortened to suit other people comfort in how they just seemed to automatically cut my name short to suit them. In my older age, I finally had enough and just shortened my name to what I didn't mind as to what I disliked being called. To be honest, the shortened name has become more of a nuisance for a variety of reasons even though it was one that some people often called me as well. Now it really doesn't matter, just as long as they don't call me. F #*&#%@!
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Old 11-23-2013, 12:34 PM
 
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I'm sure it's a lot worse for a lot of people. Imagine being named Richard and people insisting you answer to Dick!
No one would...they might call you Rich though....it's just a shortened version of your actual name.
Sometimes after people have known you for awhile they do that.
By then they would know if you're a Mike or a Michael, and what you prefer to be called.
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Old 11-23-2013, 12:36 PM
 
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Oh the 1st World problems we have.
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Old 11-23-2013, 12:41 PM
 
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Come on North Beach Person...if you want a more serious thread, perhaps on a third world problem..start one.
"problem" is open to interpretation" is it not?
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Old 11-23-2013, 01:24 PM
 
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To the OP: The problem is that MOST Michaels do opt to be called Mike, so most people naturally assume that you would, too. So just gentle corrections is what you should do without getting mad at them.

But you're not alone. I have a nephew who goes by Robert, never Bob. I know a Matthew who corrects when people say Matt.

But I don't consider this as 'nicknames' so much as short-cuts. To me nicknames are totally different, often quirky names, like Buster or Ernie (I know a guy named Christian who goes by Ernie only... no clue why).

I've had many nicknames since my teen years and very few of them offended me (although I just HATED it when my brother called me Lemon Chest when I was an adolescent ~ not sure that even counts). One of my friends calls me Mare and I rather like it.
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Old 11-24-2013, 07:30 PM
 
Location: Wonderland
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My name is Michael for example, and I absolutely hate it when people insist on calling me Mike. I'm tempted to correct people but I don't want to make a scene or be a jerk. Michael is a respectable name, Mike sounds like a douchebag or trash name to me.

I'm sure it's a lot worse for a lot of people. Imagine being named Richard and people insisting you answer to Dick!
I am totally with you.

My husband's name is Michael, and I think it is one of the most beautiful names on this earth. And talk about staying power! It's been popular for centuries - because it's beautiful and has a beautiful meaning and history.

When I met him, I immediately asked him if I could call him Michael instead of Mike (I think he introduced himself as Mike but his business card said Michael). He smiled from ear to ear and said, "I would really like that - even though the only other person who calls me that is my mother!" So Michael it was - and still is ten years later, and he definitely lives up to the class and beauty of that name.

My real name is Melanie. All my life I've had to fight people who try to call me "Mel" and even "Melly." SHUT THE FRONT DOOR! That is NOT my damn name and if I want to be called that, I'll let you know. I HATE those nicknames and I love my full name.
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