“What’s your name?”
“It’s Jean… but some guys call me Shawna.”
“Nice to meet you Jean.”
Some people take their names very seriously. Others, like me, have spent a lifetime of answering to various and sundry nicknames. I’ve been called Betsy, Betty, Bet-head (long story, not what you think!), Beth, Liz, Lizzy, and of course Elizabeth. Maybe it comes from having an easily nicknamed-name like Elizabeth, but I really have no attachment to one over the other. I’ve got coffee mugs with all different names - personalizing something for me is usually a nightmare. For a while back in ‘95, my online nick was NtrplntJnt so I was often called Janet, as well. And then of course there were the fake bar names I’d give out, because it was easier than saying “I’m Elizabeth” in a super-loud, super-crowded bar. In short, asking me what my name is, is sort of a can of worms you don’t wanna open.
After thinking about it, I rarely call those close to me by their real name in return. My kids only get their real name if I’m scolding them or if I need their attention. Otherwise it’s “Willer,” “Willarina,” “Willeroo".. instead of “Will” or “William". Hell, I can’t even call my dogs by their real name either, which in hindsight must be really confusing for them.
At any rate, I bring this up because for a while now, there has been a bit of confusion between me and Elizabeth Marie Smith, and now I’ve been told there’s at least one more Elizabeth in the PHPWomen mix. Since the NtrplntJnt thing, I’ve kept my online nick as “Elizabeth” or “ElizabethN” usually, but perhaps I need a new nick for differentiation purposes. So I beseech you dear reader, send me your ideas for a new nick… and as long as it isn’t “bigfatslut07″ or something similar, I’ll consider it.