No one has escaped this tradition. Every name has touched it and at times it really sounds cool but most of the times it’s weird and especially when you’ve outgrown your age of being called by that very name!
We all are a part of it and we tend to shorten the names to put more love in it and give the person more cosy feeling or may be spare the tongue in pronouncing the entire name or writing/typing it 🙂
Ever wondered why do we have/give pet names ? What’s the reason behind your pet name? Or you calling your friends/siblings by that very pet name?
If you really think..the first thing comes to the mind when mentioned ‘pet-name’ is a pet’s name..isn’t it? Then why our shortened names or home names are called as pet names too? Try putting ‘pet name’ in the search engine bar and you’re sure to get links for any gender,origin and animal pet names 😛
And agree or not most of the times the pet name is quiet funny..if not initally when the person grows up it really sounds funny on him/her. Because by the time the person has grown up the family / friends are so used to calling that person with that very pet name that they can’t switch back to the original name-which is so fondly selected and given to the infant.
My cousin sister’s name is Yashashree…isn’t it a nice name with a nice meaning to it? I,in these 30 years, haven’t heard anyone of the family members calling her by this name but her pet name Rani [a typical pet name for a girl in Maharashtrian households]…to add to it..hers is a love marriage and hence her in-laws knew her quiet well before she tied the knot…so that family too calls her by the pet name even today and that’s how she is called any where and everywhere ! Her original names has just left for the use of official occasions and documentations,sigh!
Talking about typical Marathi pet names which are making way to the households since ages…Balu, Rani, Raju,Bandu,Baabi et al…..I honestly find them funny.
Few real life examples:
Someone’s uncle who is now in his 40s is still being called Bunti or a Babloo. Imagine calling a man of 40 Babloo Uncle !!!
Two brothers have pet names like Johnny & Jimmy. And these guys when got married their wives strictly announced that they should be called by their real names and not by these pet names which really sound like a pet name 😛 But many thanks to the wives…slowly but steadily the real names are taking place and these pet names are vanishing !
And think about this one: A 6 months young boy today is called Munnu.Okay agreed with love and all that…but what when he grows up and has kids and nieces and nephews himself? He would be called like Munnu Chacha ? How will that sound ? 😛
I still feel sensible shortening of the original name is still okay but giving a pet name which would not suit the personality few years down the line or which sounds funny even while the person is in a kid-stage should not be done. Why not call the baby with his/her original-official name right from the start?
Now coming to the other segment of people who give pet names to each other-yes you guessed it right..the lovers ! It’s very common to come across pet names like Pucchu,Honey,Sweetie,Sugar plum, Cheese cake et al in this type of relationship.
I think this is still fine since these are the names used only in privacy and within the closed doors [is what I’m thinking ;)]. But even some of these are weird,aren’t they? All in the name of love, you see 😉
So, what’s your view about ‘pet-names’?