There is something that I've been wondering about but don't know anyone personally to ask, so I was hoping that perhaps readers here would have some experience and could shed some light on the question.
What's it like when your full name and nickname begin with different letters?
The situation that I'm most interested in is when the person doesn't exclusively go by the nickname. So, for example, someone who goes by both Catherine and Kate or Elizabeth/Beth or William/Liam on a regular basis. What initial feels like *yours*? Both?
I know, from my mom's experience, that going exclusively by a nickname except when dealing with legal documents can create a distance between you and your full name, but in her case, they both start with the same letter. I'm guessing that it's a similar situation when someone exclusively goes by a nickname - the nickname initial must feel more personal than the formal one that is barely encountered.
But what about when both names feel like *you*? Which initial gives you that sense of familiarity? Which key chain would you buy? Are there other issues that I've never even thought of?
Tue, 04/16/2013 - 3:52pm