How I loathe the fake familiarity

That infests the modern media,

The habit of using diminutives....

Appalling applications of acedia.


Next time a senior police officer is seen

Being interviewed about whatever,.....

Check his first name on the TV screen

It's a fair bet that it's never


The name that he was given at birth

But a baby name excursion -

As if they didn't think it worth

Respecting the right recursion.


It seems to feature mainly men

(Richard is always "Dick")

And it isn't just now and again,

But a regular media trick.


William is always "Bill",

And Peter is always "Pete"

It's too frequent and I've had my fill

Of this multi-media conceit! 






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M.C. Newberry

Mon 22nd Apr 2019 15:30

There is a difference between using a "familiar" name in circumstances that allow it...and I recognise that as a fact of life.
My dispute is with a media attitude to those in high public office
whose identity is treated with a vulgar unwarranted familiarity,
rather than the proper respect they deserve in their position.
For some reason, those of senior rank in the police are the most
frequent recipients. It is probably her good luck that the current
Met. Police Commissioner Cressida Dick isn't being identified on
our TV screens as "Cressie Dick".

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kJ Walker

Mon 22nd Apr 2019 07:41

We knew an old guy who was always known as "Dick". It was only at his funeral that we discovered his real name was Derek (we had assumed Richard). It turned out that as a young man he was always playing with his dick, and that is where the nick-name came from.

I have no problem with people using familiar names, rather than full birth names. Often parents give children long names, only ever intending to call them by there abbreviated versions.

Cheers Kev

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