How do you not know this?

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  1. The Bone

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    In search from A to Z they passed,
    And "Marguerita" chose at last;
    But thought it sound far more sweet
    To call the baby "Marguerite."
    When grandma saw the little pet,
    She called her "darling Margaret."
    Next uncle Jack and cousin Aggie
    Sent cup and spoon to "little Maggie."
    And grandpapa the right must beg
    To call the lassie "bonnie Meg."
    From "Marguerita" down to "Meg,"
    And now she's simply "little Peg."
     
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  3. mildwild

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    Exactly.

    My name is William is on my drivers licence and any government ID

    But I never go by William always Bill .

    I understand where you you are coming from .
    Happens all the time
     
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  4. Thorby Bislam

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    There's a special hell reserved for Charles. Not only is the diminutive, Charlie, a unisex name it is also a synonym for a fool or idiot. Girls can get away with using Charlie, mainly due to the perfume of the same name, but when a man identifies himself as Charlie, he is announcing to the world he is a fool for that is how the world will regard him. "Charlie? You must be a right charlie then, ha ha." :twisted: inwardly seethe :cry: And if that isn't bad enough, charlies is also a slang term for a female's breasts. Right bundle of laughs, that :rolleyes:

    The formal Charles is always considered stuck up. You may be as down to earth as you like but say your name is Charles and people will undoubtably assume you're posh. "Oh, Charles." they say with the posh inflexion of rolling the r. This is probably because the heir to the throne shares the name, which also leads to most people thinking you are named after him. Even if one is named after a grand-uncle who was older than the Windsor git. What adds insult to injury is that when he becomes king, he'll change his name to George while you're stuck with yours forever. Oh, pity the plight of the hapless anti-royalist cursed with Charles.

    The other diminutives don't really work. Chuck never made it across the water (thankfully). Chas is ok but it is so well associated with a famous musician that everone will think you're naming yourself after him. and they do. Every time.

    Still, could be worse. could be this feller ...
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  5. papa32203

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    Thanks for the clarification!
     
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    Could be worse. How would you like to be a Dick?
     
  7. jimd

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    My wife's name is Jeanne. It is a fairly common variation of Jean and pronounced the same way.

    I am always amazed at how her spelling throws people for a loop. A lot of people call her Jean-ie. She hates that! But there have been a lot of other butcherings of her name. Probably the most common one is Gee-Ann.
     
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    Continuing the theme of "How do you not know this", I was listening to a local oldies radio station recently, and the DJ played a Joni Mitchell tune.

    Both before and after the tune, he mentioned that it was a song by "Johnny Mitchell."

    He clearly had no idea who she was.

    Now, I suppose that would be okay, except she is a legend, and it's a music station.

    C'mon man.
     
  9. Tony474

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    Jeanne is the French version of the name, pronounced "Zhann", so that last example is reasonably close. It's the feminine version of John, often translated as Joan, as in Joan of Arc; in French Jeanne d'Arc.
     
  10. Carlsson

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    Oh the names I've been called.

    Especially when coming home from a bar at two in the morning.
     
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    Here's what I do: if my wife is in bed, I rub her shoulder and say, "honey, you awake? I'm frisky!" Amazingly, she's sound asleep every time.
     
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    Theodore=Chip
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    "Henry" came to England as the French "Henri"...w/ dropped 'H' and unvoiced 'n'....

    From there to "Harry" is a really short step
     
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    Yea, my first name is Theodore. I'm a Junior. My dad was at sea when I was born and mom had not discussed naming so I was named after him. For years I had a nickname Bud after one of his friends. When I was 14 or so and before starting school, he let me know I didn't have to be Bud and suggested I use my middle name and I've been Carl ever since.

    Also, I have a cousin named Jen. After years of "what's it short for?" (Nothing, it's just Jen), she changed it to Genevieve.

    Carl
     
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    My Dad goes by Bert but his given name is Burdette, a family name. He named me for his father but requested I not do the same.
     
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    Actually SEAN is pronounced SHAWN as in the James bond actor Sean Connery

    Another Irish name to tease your brain SIOBHAN pronounced sha-VAHN.
     
  17. Tony474

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    Indeed. Or try Máire, Niamh, or Gráinne, for example... pronounced "Maura", "Neeve" and "Graunia" respectively. There's no mystery; the names are from the Irish Gaelic language and its spelling system has its own phonetic values - just like most other non-English languages.
     
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    That's Neville Southall

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    That's Neville Neville
     
  19. trev333

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    intresting name, Burdette....

    the only time I'd heard a similar name was in this Whitlams song...and it has a Tele in it.....:cool:

    I think Louis Burdette was a muso friend of the band?...

     
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