Most people when they meet me for the first time ask if I prefer “Patrick” or “Pat”. I always respond with “use whichever one you feel more comfortable using”. Besides my full name and shortened full name, I have picked up various other nicknames along the way:
- Dufus (used by my friend Glenn who has paid dearly on my blog…Thanks Jill)
- Mr. Duffy
- Mr. D
I have given Maggie May (May is derived from mayhem) several nicknames but we have a special bond and she responds to all:
- Pupster (all my dogs have used this nickname)
- Pup (even through she is almost 4…time goes by too fast)
Now there are a couple of phrases in the American dialect that I really hate: “down pat” and “get off your duff”. I think both are self-explanatory.
When it comes to remembering people’s names my brain is a mess. I have two former students, Katie and Beth (sororal twins), whom I have known for too many years to count. One would think by now that I could keep their names straight but for reasons I don’t understand, I still mix them up much to my chagrin. I have met people who can remember the name of every person they meet. How they do this I have no clue? What really bothers me is when I see someone I know and while I’m taking to them I have no clue what their name is? Hours later I will usually remember. If it is someone who is fairly new to my memory bank, I will just apologize and reintroduce myself. In some cases the other person is having the same problem. Then I don’t feel so bad. So if I mess up your name in a comment, I’m sorry. It is just the way I am.