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Poll: Nick name for school or not?

  1. Peter

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  2. Pete

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  1. Jun 14, 2005 #1
    Poll: NEW name for school or not?

    Hi all, I am off to university in the fall. My name is Peter, but I was thinking about going by Pete once school starts up. I am trying to move away from the nerdy aura that currently surrounds me, and I think Pete would be a more casual easy going guy than Peter.
    What does everone think?
    Last edited: Jun 14, 2005
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  3. Jun 14, 2005 #2


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    Why are you enrolling at the university, then?

    Hope everything turns out well, Peter.
  4. Jun 14, 2005 #3
    I think he means something like re-making his social life.

    ... I voted Peter.. Pete sounds like crap.
  5. Jun 14, 2005 #4


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    There's nothing wrong with Pete, of course, but you shouldn't think your reputation as a "nerd" will haunt you at the university.
    That's only an epithet dumb-asses place on people smarter than themselves.

    I think you will enjoy yourself at the university.
  6. Jun 14, 2005 #5
    "Pete" isn't much different to "Peter" -- a letter and a syllable. It's a common name, so I don't see any great difference in connotations with the variation.

    I find that nicknames tend to be chosen by your social group more than by yourself. Some years ago, my name (Abhishek) was contracted to "Abe" by a bunch of fellows who were too lazy to pronounce it right. It stuck, even though I didn't like it. And it's proving hard to unstick it. :grumpy:

    Don't worry about your name. It's fine. :cool:
  7. Jun 14, 2005 #6


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    What's wrong with abe??
    Would you have liked to be called abbish?
  8. Jun 14, 2005 #7
    Yeah nicknames do not matter much, and you rarely get to pick one.

    I would say if you want a cool name, you should call yourself P, or P Dawg, or something like that :rofl:
  9. Jun 14, 2005 #8
    Ok, that title was a bit off... This would be more of an actual name than a nick name. It would be who I introduce myself as. Pete or Peter ?
  10. Jun 14, 2005 #9
    Oh boy, don't even think about going down that road. They've already done "abbish", often pronounced in the fashion of an air-brake system engaging. Another popular mutation is "arrrb", said either like a pirate, or a revving engine. They can be combined too: "arrrbishh". Oh yes, it's all been tried. :rolleyes:

    The conventional abbreviation of Abhishek is simply "Abhi". "Abe" didn't feel right, too generic. The "a" in Abe is pronounced like in "day", the New Zealand accent's version of which is unnatural for me. I don't introduce myself with it. And it took me a long time to learn to respond to it. :uhh:
  11. Jun 14, 2005 #10
    Introduce yourself as Peter o:). Reserve Pete :devil: for special people. :wink:
  12. Jun 14, 2005 #11
    I like Peter, it just sounds more comfortable.
  13. Jun 14, 2005 #12


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    Does it really matter?

    I'm James, but I get called any of the following: Jimbo, Jimmy, Jim Lad, Jimster, Jimbobags, and Jimbo Baggins.

    One guy used to call me James Jimbo Jo-Jo the Dog-faced Well-ard Metal-mouth Boy Smiff. That was fun.
  14. Jun 14, 2005 #13
    Pete is easier to say. And peter makes u sounds like peter pan, which ain't a good thing for a grown man.
  15. Jun 14, 2005 #14
    ya. this is a tough decision to make! I could affect my entire future. I think it's gonna come down to a compromise with Peter when being professional, and Pete when hangin' with my friends and wit da ladies. I don't know of any Cool peters but I think a Pete could pull it off!!
  16. Jun 14, 2005 #15


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    Then you're not aware of Peter Levy, BBC Look North regional news correspondant!


    Have you ever seen such a cool Peter?
  17. Jun 14, 2005 #16
    heh, i have the same problem... my name's abigale, i usually go by abby, but i got bored of that, so i tried going by abigale, and then gale, and then i tried my middle name, marie, and then i tried, A.marie, then i made up a new middle name, Foure, and then my friends started making fun of me... so they started calling me 'bigale, or just messing up the letters in my name trying to find me something better. course though, most people just call me abby unless i'm adament that its something else.

    i say peter. if its what you know, stick with it. sides, two syllables are better than one. leaves more creativity when people are calling your name. "Pete- errrrrr" or "Pete AH!" or "Peeeeeeeee dur" see, you'll much much cooler when people can be creative with your name...

    pete.. "hey pete.... peat... pite...." ya, no good.
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    No point in worrying about it. The other guys in your dorm will assign you the required nickname, and it won't in any way resemble your real name. :biggrin:
  20. Jun 14, 2005 #19
    I think it could go good or bad either way.
    "The devil you know is better than the devil you don't." ;-p
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