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    Can you respect a grown man named Billy?

    I've never understood grown men that continue to go by names such as "Billy" or "Jimmy". I don't think I've come across a "Timmy" yet but I'm sure they're out there too. There's exceptions, e.g. if it's your stage name or if it's among close friends, but I know guys that go by those names in the workplace. It's impossible for me to take them seriously. Am I being too uptight?

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    Yes. Let Billy teach you.

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    I don't find this to be significant.

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    Billy, Jimmy, and Bobby are usually fine people. It's Pappy you gotta watch out for. He's an asshole.
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    More than someone who expects to be called William. Reverse classism!

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    No, not in my experience
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    It doesn't seem relevant. Usually the -y ending is dropped with age, but sometimes it sticks. Then it just becomes their name.

    Quite a few celebs and pro athletes go by Bobby, Billy, Charlie, Tommy, etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NedLudd View Post
    I've never understood grown men that continue to go by names such as "Billy" or "Jimmy". I don't think I've come across a "Timmy" yet but I'm sure they're out there too. There's exceptions, e.g. if it's your stage name or if it's among close friends, but I know guys that go by those names in the workplace. It's impossible for me to take them seriously. Am I being too uptight?
    It depends.

    If he posts threads like this... No.

    If he doesn't post threads like this... Sure. It's just a name. I couldn't possibly care less what he wants to call himself.

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    I've only ever known one Billy, he was a guy a couple of years younger than me, he was an avid history buff and excellent writer, he wrote several lengthy essays about the JFK assassination.. which impressed many.

    We hung out in the Peak District.. Alas, he killed himself a couple of years later.

    This is the only association I'll ever make with "Billy".

    Revs name is Richard, I call him Rick.
    I know his wife and his friends in Wales call him Rick-y.

    I don't like "Ricky" at all.. but I've been fond of "Rick" since before I met him... "Ricky" just seems juvenile, and all the "Rickys" I've ever known have been waste men.
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    All juveniles.

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