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  •  Oh I Might Be Able To Write A Short Book (3+ / 0-)

    just on the III and my first name. Tommy. It isn't Thomas much less Tom. If I had a dollar for every time I've been asked my name for an "official" purpose and I say Tommy, and they said, "no on your birth certificate" I'd be rich. We just all use that name.

    In my family when we were all alive and in the same place we'd be called Tommy One, Tommy Two, and Tommy Three. Heck in college my nickname was T3 :).

    "In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act." - George Orwell

    by webranding on Wed Feb 24, 2010 at 06:28:27 PM PST

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    •  Which is actually an interesting thing (1+ / 0-)
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      for my book project, because I can never be certain (at this point anyway) whether someone being listed as "Tom," "Tommy," "Bill," "Jimmy," etc. is just a nickname or is really their name.  Sometimes parents name their children Jim, and not James.

      "What is great in Man is that he is a bridge and not an end." - Friedrich Nietzsche

      by Troubadour on Wed Feb 24, 2010 at 06:39:46 PM PST

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      •  I Don't Know How It Works With Other People (2+ / 0-)
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        but my experience is folks often thought when I was making $150,000/year I should be called Tom. More "adult." Well that isn't my name. My name is Tommy.

        I've been asked more times then you might think (which gets you a huge boast of respect) if I prefer Tommy or Tom. I say Tommy, that is my name. I can only assume cause of my situation I've asked the same question a lot.

        If I see Katie on a business card and everybody calls her Kate, I ask which she prefers. Often the response is, "I don't care." I guess that might have something with the III at the end of my name :).

        "In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act." - George Orwell

        by webranding on Wed Feb 24, 2010 at 06:44:59 PM PST

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