pet name

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A pet name is a local, typically private, nickname or short-name that a person uses for another person or organization; mobile phone contacts entries are a common example, with user-defined names like “Mom”.

Criticism

  • Tantek Çelik - I dislike the term “petname” because it sounds like whoever is making/using them is treating their contacts like pets, which is both a ridiculous and frankly patronizing framing. reference from chat
  • Eddie Hinkle - I'm not really a huge fan of the term petname but I don't know that there is a better term. The definition of petname is "a term of address used to express affection" . reference from chat
    • Since nickname is an array of strings, I might just make the first entry of nickname always be MY nickname, and any others in the array are nicknames from the person' h-card. I think anything more than nickname is really just trying to force it into a box that doesn't match
    • In the US I think the term petname provides some assumption of silliness or intimacy. Like a high school couple might have "pet names" for each other.
  • Aaron Parecki - I really don't like the term petname reference from chat
  • gRegor Morrill - I've only heard "pet names" in terms of nicknames for romantic partners. reference from chat
    • I think "nickname" and "private nickname" work fine currently, don't necessarily need a new term. reference from chat

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