I am wondering.
I am wondering if all people who have names that have nicknames, diminutives, or shortened forms (whatever you want to call them) have the same issue.
When I introduce myself, I usually say, “My name is Rich.”
Invariably, I would say about eighty per cent, if not more, of the people end up calling me ‘Richard.’ The good news here is that I like my name. I like ‘Richard,’ I like ‘Rich,’ I even like ‘Rick.’ About the only one I really don’t care for is ‘Dick’ and it was only when I was younger that people tried to use that on me.
I am wondering if the Bobs of the world are called Robert. Or maybe if the Bills are called William. Is it only a Richard thing?
If I didn’t like ‘Richard,’ I would correct people but I have no problem with that.
My mom, sister, aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews usually call me Rick. I am okay with that.
If we are speaking in French, it is clear that most people would call me ‘Richard.’ That is an acceptable name in French. I cannot say that I ever met a ‘Richard’ in France, but it is an actual name.
Am I the only one out there who has experienced this?