If you listen to Klayton, Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, Gene Simmons, Alice Cooper, Bono, The Edge, Elton John, Elvis Costello, Freddy Mercury, Iggy Pop, Marilyn Manson, Meat Loaf, Mick Mars, Nikki Sixx, Ringo Starr, Slash, Sting, then congratulations: you know how to use someone's preferred name.

True that ... its a matter of common courtesy ... respect peoples wishes...

@craigmaloney don't forget about Gary Numan. he picked his out of the phone book. hm, maybe that's not a good example of a "preferred name" 🤣

@wxl There's a lot of examples that I didn't choose because they were similar to the given name, but the point remains.

@craigmaloney indeed. there were a fair amount in there i had no clue about, too.

@craigmaloney In any case, Marilyn is always better than Brian. Unless you're Brian Blessed.

@TruculentSheep Indeed. Brian Blessed is the world's oldest living Muppet, and I mean that in the best way possible.

@craigmaloney curious how of the roman catholic church's 3 most recent popes only benedict xvi, the one most commonly reviled in the secular world for whatever reason, is with any frequency referred to by his non-papal name

@carcinopithecus I'm not sure how that works, TBH. Considering his given and papal names are used for his library it could be related to his resignation. I've only attended four years of Catholic high school so I'm highly unqualified to answer this question.

@craigmaloney true, his resignation during his lifetime could change things up a bit for some people (though the wiki article mentions he kept the name), but i was thinking even during his tenure as pope his detractors were wont to call him "ratzi" or similar...

@craigmaloney Plus 90% of the men from Texas that I've worked with. J. Foo Bar, R. Baz Blah. First initial, middle name, goes by their middle name.

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