Posted by brokenstrings on Sunday, June 24, 2007
Sid Langley Says:
Monday, June 25, 2007 @5:33:44 AM
My name was going to be David Sidney Langley, but my mother's sister got it the wrong way round when I was christened, and that's the way it went on my birth certificate. But my family always call me David. It wasn't until later when I went to secondary school that my name was read out as Sidney David and I was too shy/overawed to correct them. Ever since I've been known as Sid, and it became by professional name. Now it feels weird when anyone calls me David. I think I have grown into being a Sid (never a Sidney, which was my father's middle name). Both grandchildren (one named Jessica, after a sister of my mother) call me grandad Sid. Keep up the playing and the name calling!
Monday, June 25, 2007 @12:46:46 PM
...and now, we all know why. Wonderful story, Jessica!
Monday, June 25, 2007 @4:24:04 PM
Thanks, y'all. That's sorta how Hiram Ulysses Grant became U. S. Grant. Everybody called him "Ulysses" or sometimes "Useless." A family friend enrolled him in the army, realized he didn't know Ulyss' middle name, and put down "Simpson" because it was very common at the time to give a child the mother's maiden name. Ulyss didn't bother to change it. In time, his men came to think of it as "United States" or "Uncle Sam" or "Unconditional Surrender," and he gained a new nickname: Sam.
Tuesday, June 26, 2007 @5:06:29 PM
AFTERTHOUGHT While my parents gave me an English name, that doesn't mean they could pronounce it with ease. English J doesn't fall easily to the German tongue, where J is pronounced Y. More often than not they called me "Yessika" or "Dschessika."
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