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23 December 2011 @ 03:16 pm
What's in a name?  
*laughs* I sort of idly posted on Twitter that my New Year's resolution ought to be to remember to introduce myself to the Irish as Kit or Kitty. This stirred up quite a curious conversation as to why.

I go by Catie IRL*, but there's an Irish accent which aspirates the "t" into a "th". This, combined with the softened "a", causes me to hear "Kathy" instead of "Catie". And I haaaaaaaaaate being called Kathy. So after several months of living here I started introducing myself as Cate, because it was easier for the Irish to say/me to hear properly.

I'm not all that fond of being called Cate, either, though. I vastly prefer Kit as a nickname over Cate. It's just that I largely associate Kit with being a name I *type*, not a name I *speak*, so I tend to forget to use it when I'm introducing myself. Hence the need for a resolution. Or possibly a business card to hand people that says "Hi! My name is Kit!"

*Long-term net friends almost all call me Kit. Not only do I respond to it, but because I *am* accustomed to it as a name I type/see in text, I have this weirdly possessive feeling about the name. The first time I heard it spoken to someone else, some years after I'd adopted it as my online moniker, I was very nearly *offended*. Like, HEY! That's MY name! You can't have it! I still think that's funny. :)
 
 
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Kate Kirbykirbyk on December 23rd, 2011 11:37 am (UTC)
Good advice. My legal name is Katherine, and I prefer Kate and am fine with Katie or Kitty (not Kit, because that's _you_), but Kathy is just an abomination. (Apologies to Kathy/Cathy types out there, it's a fine name, just not mine.)

Okay, I only like Kitty because I have mad love for Kitty Pryde, but it is a mad love.
kitmizkit on December 23rd, 2011 12:23 pm (UTC)
Kathy is a fine name for other people. I just violently dislike it as my own. Probably because I have an Aunt Kathy, so the name was already taken within the family. And also because it's NOT MY NAME. *steamy ears* :)
Laura Anne Gilman: puppyfacesuricattus on December 23rd, 2011 11:55 am (UTC)
I find myself really annoyed when other people claim "meerkat" or "suricata" online, because hey, that's been me since 1995!

But so long as nobody calls me "Laurie/Lori," I'm fine. :-)

kitmizkit on December 23rd, 2011 12:24 pm (UTC)
Yes, just like that. There are a couple other mizkits on the net and, well, how dare they! OTOH, I can take solace in knowing I was without question the first. :)
hegemony hedgehogagrimony on December 24th, 2011 05:00 pm (UTC)
I was beyond offended when I started running into 'mony' being taken everywhere and grumpily averted myself to agrimony, which is still my name so fine. But now even /agrimony/ is starting to be taken everywhere and I'm stuck with agrimny and I get ridiculously, absurdly irritated when agrimony is taken. I've long since resigned myself to rarely getting mony anymore.

What's even worse is when I have to do some variation of my real name and tlynch, tmlynch, tara.lynch, etc are all freaking taken. :)
The Bellinghmanbellinghman on December 23rd, 2011 01:26 pm (UTC)
There's also the other (well, another) Irish accent which unaspirates the 'th' sound into a 't' sound, thus making 'Cathy' sound like 'Catty'.

Perhaps it's a bit like the way the Japanese just don't distinguish between the 'r' and 'l' sounds. I was bemused in Japan to discover that some Japanese pronounce the word normally written for Westerners as 'arigato' as if it was 'aligato'. It's really a sound somewhere between, and different speakers shade into the 'r' or 'l' end of the spectrum.

For us, you'll be C-ay-tie, at least until we retrain ourselves.
kitmizkit on December 23rd, 2011 01:37 pm (UTC)
Oh, Catie is just fine. You can pronounce it, as, indeed, can most of the Irish folk who call me by it. It's just that as a rule if I don't want "Cate", "Kit" or "Kitty" is far more likely to be pronounced correctly by the Irish, so I should train *myself* to tell them that's my name. I don't mind if people call me by a variety of nicknames. I've been answering to both Kit and Catie (and now Cate) for a minimmum of half a decade and more like fifteen to life. :)
Megabitchmegabitch on December 23rd, 2011 03:33 pm (UTC)
Kit Murphy sounds like a guy who writes pulp westerns. So, when shall we see one? ;)
kitmizkit on December 23rd, 2011 03:46 pm (UTC)
shadowhwk and I have written one, actually... :)
Megabitchmegabitch on December 23rd, 2011 03:36 pm (UTC)
My daughter was named Katrina... right up until she was born, in fact the day after she was born, even, she was going to be called Katherine. I changed my name while filling in the paperwork to register her birth. She's always been quite glad of that as there were at least four other Katherine/Catherine's in her year at school. She hates being called Kat and prefers people don't try to shorten her name, but she'll always be "Treeny" (or "Treena") to me :)
aberwyn on December 23rd, 2011 04:25 pm (UTC)
I had it before you did. :-)
-- Kit Kerr
kitmizkit on December 23rd, 2011 04:51 pm (UTC)
and it DOES MY HEAD IN. :)

It's the whole "people think of writers by the name on their books" thing, so in my head, you're Katharine. Every time you post on SFN I do a double-take. You'd think I'd get used to it, but not yet. :)
Mary Annepers1stence on December 23rd, 2011 06:23 pm (UTC)
It always make me do a quick double take when Spidey calls you/refers to you as Kit.....Not because he's wrong but because I have to translate it in my head, since he and I came to be friends with you via different paths.... :)
rfrancis on December 23rd, 2011 08:33 pm (UTC)
I wish I'd, years and years ago, had the cojones to just tell people to call me Random. All people, say, when I moved to Stillwater. There have been times in my life when the vast, vast majority of people who I socialized with -- online, of course, because I wasn't getting out much, by which I mean at all -- called me Random. My _wife_ first knew me as Random, for crying out loud, or at least did long before she probably even knew my "real" name.

But I didn't, and it seems as if it's slipped away and I can't get my hands on it any more. Probably in part because I never figured out something clever like "mizkit" that I'd be able to get as a username, but anyway. I'm just saying it makes me sad sometimes.
hegemony hedgehogagrimony on December 24th, 2011 05:04 pm (UTC)
I still call you Random. :) Not that you can hear me, what with being very far away. :)

Edited at 2011-12-24 09:05 pm (UTC)
The Black Rabbitinlerah on December 24th, 2011 02:47 pm (UTC)
I have the exact same reaction when I go somewhere and someone is using inlerah. It happened just the other day when I went to register for a certain online website and the username was taken. I was incensed. After all, I've been using it as a name since '90 or so, and despite the fact that it truly belongs to Mr. Richard Adams, anytime I encounter someone else usurping it, my hackles rise. It's mine. Hands off. (Heh)
anthony_lionanthony_lion on December 28th, 2011 05:43 am (UTC)
Just for fun...

Try pronouncing Trygve...

See?
you think you have problems with people mispronouning your name?
(My brother's wife is from Thailand, and even after all these years - 15 or so, as if I can remember that - she still can't pronounce my name.)

Also, this is a name of kings, pioneers(Trygve Gran flew a Bleriot IX monoplane from England, across the North Sea, to Norway in 1914) of the first general secretary of the UN, of musicians, of movie stars( Trygve Lode I'd be angry at him for 'stealing' the domain, but he's just way too cool... Runs the 'Trygve Directory' and even cooked turkey using Thermite... )


Edited at 2011-12-28 09:43 am (UTC)