For all the Shirleys called Shelly and the Rochelles called Michelle, I know you will feel my pain.
As a journalist social awareness is the crux of a successful career and making contacts in the industry. So you will understand my angst and why I am actually considering changing my name to either Nicole or 'That's not my name', because for some reason Nicola is so much harder to remember or pronounce!
And if you think it's just written down in error, I'm afraid you're wrong. I have introduced myself to someone before as Nicola only for them to reply, 'Nice to meet you Nicole.' I mean really??? They don't even sound the same. Fortunately most people call me Nic or Nikki, at least to my face, but every now and then my American translation seeps in.
I actually have life-long family friends that I can no longer be bothered to keep correcting and wonder if I am actually doing them a disservice by not just accepting defeat and beginning proceedings to legally get it changed once and for all.
Grrr- rant over!
Tweet me your assigned alias' would be great to know I'm not alone. Maybe someone called Portia often called Mercedes?
-Sorry couldn't resist! *smh