Monday, February 1, 2010

Sometimes it's fun

Seeing a sweet old lady this afternoon, named Elizabeth.


Dr. Grumpy: "Do you go by Elizabeth? Or do you have a nickname you prefer?"

Elizabeth: "Just Elizabeth. My parents were very poor, and couldn't afford a nickname."

12 comments:

atcsandra said...

HAHA! How much does a nickname cost?

Jadzia said...

HAHAHAHAHA! I have an extremely unusual first name (which even worse, brands me as a child of ostensibly drug-addled hippies), which has no nicknames and is not amenable to being shortened. Yet I get asked if I have a nickname at least once a week, and the next time that happens I am totally busting out this line.

Lilorfnannie said...

Goodness sakes Jadzia, I thought I was the only one. Likewise: MaryJ-infused hippie parents, short name with no nickname and can't be shortened. Only I don't get asked if I have a nickname- I'm too serious a person for that- they *always* say "oh how pretty, what does it mean, where does it come from." Which is really annoying when all you want to do is escape attention, much less reveal the fact that the name originally meant *nothing* and it came from said drug-addled hippies' imaginations.....the middle name is even worse, it's an herb that is used in natural medicine as a laxative for crying out loud! Any wonder why I go by Annie online.....

Ari said...

Dry deadpan wit or kinda missing the boat? It works either way, but I'd loooove it if it were choice 1.

Grumpy, M.D. said...

Ari- Definitely dry deadpan wit. Well practiced, too.

RxKerBer said...

Some of the lols are just great! Hopefully made your day better

Anonymous said...

Jadzia, is it really Jadzia or did you pick your name after Dax? Because that is pretty awesome

Margaret/Heather said...

That's awesome!

*files for future usage*

Anonymous said...

I'd love to see that line on nighttime TV. (I'd have the inside scoop where it came from.)

Yepper, the popular names from the 50's all came with nicknames, and if unavailable there was always 'Skipper', and 'Dolly'. Our generation was known for stereotyping, though there were a few names like Robin, Kim, and Jean that left room for ambiguity!

was1 said...

i always liked meeting girls with unusual names. i'd make them repeat it 3 or 4 times and just when they were getting annoyed with me i'd say "it's pretty and exotic, just like you". that got me to second base every time.

Marco said...

Then there was the guy who was such a mean and cheap Dad that he only let his kids have one measle at a time...

Classof65 said...

We were so poor when I was a kid I had a tumbleweed for a pet.

 
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