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User avatar #136 - Nihatclodra (01/21/2013) [-]
I don't really get the whole "First Name Basis" thing... just how often do you get called by your middle or last names? I can understand for Japanese, because that's a cultural thing: but not in English...
#140 to #136 - scarytown (01/21/2013) [-]
that's also a thing in England. You refer to someone by their last name unless you know them very well. If you notice, Draco Malfoy never refers to Harry Potter as just Harry. he normally calls him Potter. Same with Harry. He only refers to Draco as Malfoy.
User avatar #138 to #136 - AngryPlatypus (01/21/2013) [-]
Well most people that you don't know would call you Mr. Whatever your last name is. At least until they get to know you better.
User avatar #142 to #138 - Nihatclodra (01/21/2013) [-]
I don't recall ever being called by my last name except by people confirming my name for an appointment or something...
User avatar #143 to #142 - AngryPlatypus (01/21/2013) [-]
Well he said he was on a first name basis with the people working the desk, so they wouldn't automatically call him by his first name. It's generally considered rude to call a stranger by their first name. I don't see why, but it is.
User avatar #145 to #143 - Nihatclodra (01/21/2013) [-]
I always call people by their first name if I know/remember it; or their nickname if they have one. If I don't know either and just know their last name (or no name at all): I just avoid referring to them in any way that a name would be more grammatically correct.
User avatar #148 to #145 - AngryPlatypus (01/21/2013) [-]
Yes, I do as well, except in the case of a formal setting. I think most people who actually know the name of the person they're talking to refer to that person by their fist name.
User avatar #151 to #148 - Nihatclodra (01/21/2013) [-]
Then there's the occasional awkwardness when you think a person's nickname IS their first name... and you introduce them to a girl as that nickname. What was I thinking, nobody names their kid "Spud"...
User avatar #152 to #151 - AngryPlatypus (01/21/2013) [-]
Well I was lucky enough to get a nickname that's just a shortened version of my real name. So that doesn't happen to me.
User avatar #157 to #152 - Nihatclodra (01/21/2013) [-]
The nickname I was calling him was actually his shortened username for playing online...

Meanwhile, the only nicknames I got had nothing to do with my actual name (except one from elementary school which was to spite me...).
User avatar #160 to #157 - AngryPlatypus (01/21/2013) [-]
I've always wanted a cool nickname that wasn't derived from my real name. Never got one, but that's ok.
User avatar #166 to #160 - Nihatclodra (01/21/2013) [-]
Best ones ever got were "Khannibhal" (No, that's not a misspelling, I had some weird friends. I had self-cannibalism problems as a kid, and when people found that out: I got that nickname), and "Priest" (This was an inside joke, that would take far too long to explain. Let's just say it was meant to be ironic).

Worst I ever got was "Stutter-Butter"... Sadly that was the most well known one; to the point that there was barely anyone in my High School that hadn't heard the nickname: even if they had no idea said nickname referred to me.
User avatar #168 to #166 - AngryPlatypus (01/21/2013) [-]
The first two sound pretty badass.
User avatar #170 to #168 - Nihatclodra (01/21/2013) [-]
To be honest, I preferred "Priest", simply because "Khannibhal" sounded too forced of a nickname, and seemed too chuunibyou-ish ( http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Chuunibyou ). Fitting, though, considering I actually did have that nickname in 8th grade.
User avatar #173 to #170 - AngryPlatypus (01/21/2013) [-]
Priest sounds like it should be a military callsign. I like it.
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