Elbie at Trig dot Net

Thu, 21 Jul 2005

Naming conventions

In general, if you've known me for any length of time, you will typically address me as Chris. No big deal. It's my name. I answer to it and everything.

But my name is also Christopher. It is my full (first) given name. I answer to it as well. And in professional scenarios, initial meetings and other more formal situations, I will often use Christopher over Chris, at least until I develop more formality with whomever I'm dealing with. It also doesn't hurt that at my current job there is already a female Chris that I work with, so calling me Christopher alleviates some ambiguity.

I kind of like the sound of Christopher these days. I'm not sure where I made the switch of preference in my mind. I don't particularly want to make people address me in one way or the other, and I think because I'm called Christopher less often, it just sounds a bit novel these days.

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