Inspired (of course) by this thread.
You have an acquaintance (maybe a coworker, a friend of a friend or a neighbor, not a close friend) whom you typically address using a diminutive form of their name. Let’s say his name is Robert and you call him Robbie. One day, Robbie tells you that he’d prefer if you called him Robert.
- How would you feel about such a request? (Would it seem rude, unfriendly, reasonable, etc.)
- Would your answer to the first question change if Robert had asked you to use Rob rather than Robert? How so?
- What form of your name do you tend to use? (Full first name, shortened, diminutive, etc.)
- Do you use different forms with different people?