Started by Florestan, February 06, 2023, 06:07:17 AM
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Quote from: Florestan on February 17, 2023, 10:00:26 AMIsn't Lenny a legit diminutive for Leonard?
Quote from: Spotted Horses on February 17, 2023, 10:32:12 AMI don't think it is correct usage to refer to a person you don't know by a diminutive, which implies mutual familiarity.
Quote from: Spotted Horses on February 17, 2023, 10:32:12 AMI would not make a federal case out of it, but I don't think it is correct usage to refer to a person you don't know by a diminutive, which implies mutual familiarity. Of course sometimes people substitute a dilutive for their given name in the public forum. For instance, the 39th president of the U.S. is reasonably referred to as Jimmy Carter, but not simply Jimmy (except by Billy).
Quote from: Karl Tirebiter Henning on February 17, 2023, 10:54:33 AMAlso, I have the impression that not everyone is careful to say Joseph Biden.Here's a kind of "trial balloon, if you like: in the review I've just submitted, I refer to Bernstein both as Leonard Bernstein and Lenny. Not that it would be a "ruling," just a data point, I shall be interested to see if the editor switches the latter to Leonard, or lets it stand as acceptably conversational.
Quote from: Spotted Horses on February 17, 2023, 11:08:44 AMIf I were the editor I'd change it, because I've never seen "Lenny Bernstein" on a concert program or CD cover, so he didn't authorize it.
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