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What’s in a name…

Friday, August 22, 2008

“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet.”

Some might agree, others might not. I just thought that quoting Shakespeare in the start would be a good way of answering this tag passed to me by Dinky Mind.

I mentioned at the end of the previous post (which was a response to another tag) that this one has a better potential for narcissism. Now that I am typing these lines, I am wondering how loud a trumpet one can blow while describing one’s nicknames. Specially if the list of nicknames is really short.

Let’s see then:

And that’s it. Told you it was a short list.

But… it doesn’t mean that I am stopping here. While posting and reading comments at Dinky Mind’s original tag-post, I just thought that maybe I could add all those mispronunciations of my name as well to the list of nicknames. Listening to distorted versions of my name used to annoy me once, then it started amusing me, and now I just sigh and keep on repeating my name until the other person gets it right.

Unlike others, I don’t have any nickname(s) that I wish to keep secret. I guess I have been lucky to have harmless nicknames.

And, yes, feel free to tag yourselves!



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Aug 23, 2008 at 7:39 pm

wese your actuall name is sa’aadat, no? meaning happiness? or have i got it wrong?


Aug 23, 2008 at 7:53 pm

oh people with ‘uncommon’ names usually have to suffer from being called something completely different. It doesnt annoy me anymore too.

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Aug 23, 2008 at 9:04 pm

Yep, it’s Sa’aadat (سعادت). (But those are too many a’s.) And yes, it means happiness, along with prosperity, good fortune, and felicity.

Oh yes, they have to. A few unusual names are easy to pronounce too, but most of them are treated as tongue-twisters.

unaiza nasim

Aug 24, 2008 at 6:44 pm

aadaT NAHIN RAKHA KISI NEY:) good idea for a post!

No One

Aug 24, 2008 at 7:39 pm

hahaha interesting post and tag….for some reason i like manto too…so next time in the future when i am contemplating whether i have spelled your name right…I am just going to take it easy and throw in a Manto…hope thats alright…hahah…

I will do this tag too…its neat…take care…peace

Dinky Mind

Aug 24, 2008 at 9:33 pm

Lol :D

Nice post, Aadat bhai :P


Aug 25, 2008 at 11:42 am

Thank Dinky Mind for this post. She tagged me. :)

Haha! Abhi tak tau kisi nay nahin rakha. :)

No One,
Glad you liked it, kiddo. And I won’t mind being called Manto, as long as people don’t think that I’m a drunken genius like him. (The genius part won’t bother me, though!)

Dinky Mind,
You had to call me that, didn’t you? :P

Dinky Mind

Aug 25, 2008 at 12:57 pm

Lol…Ive got this lil cousin Saad, and he used to call himself Taado :P
You want that name?? :P


Aug 25, 2008 at 2:13 pm

Haha! Following his convention then, I should be either Taadato or Taadi, right? :D

No thanks, I’d prefer Aadat bhai! :P

Dinky Mind

Aug 25, 2008 at 4:13 pm

Lol, darr gai, Taado bhai :P


Aug 25, 2008 at 5:09 pm

Dinky sister, apnay naam ka sattiya naas itni martaba hotay dekh chuka hon kay ab dar nahin lagta, haan tars zuroor aata hai! :P


Aug 26, 2008 at 1:59 am

Hey, glad you’re back to posting in full flow! (maybe i’m late in realizing that =p) – and I think Saadi is what I’d call you with!

Dinky Mind

Aug 26, 2008 at 3:50 pm

Lol…Phir bhee Saadi has some link with Saadat…kuch to sound aa he jati haina… I wonder why people confuse my name with Maimuna. Chalo, wo bhee samajh aa jati hay ke Umema might be the anagram of Maimuna (although, of course, it’s not). Magar Humera aur Umema kahan se miltay jultay naam hein? *pulls hair*


Aug 26, 2008 at 8:15 pm

I won’t really call it “full flow”, buddy. I was just answering two tags that were almost jointly passed to me, hence the quick updates. I am back to my procrastinating self now.

Dinky Mind,
Saadi is a nickname, not a mispronunciation. And if you think about it, Humera for Umema is not that strange; one can be mistaken. Of course, it’s the “repeat performance” that makes us pull our hair out!

By the way, it’s not “woh bhi samajh aa jati hai“, but “woh bhi samajah mein aa jati hai“. :P

Dinky Mind

Aug 28, 2008 at 9:45 am

Oh God, seems like I have to re-appear in my Urdu exam, and keep on re-appearing till I get a distinction :D

How about “wo bhee samajh aati hay”? :$


Aug 28, 2008 at 11:43 am

LOL! Again, it’s “woh bhi samajh mein aati hai“. Because har cheez samajh “mein” aya karti hai!

Dinky Mind

Aug 28, 2008 at 12:30 pm

Ohhooo…Aa gai samajh ‘mein’



Sep 6, 2008 at 5:25 pm

See, u got many :)
I have none :(


Sep 7, 2008 at 6:15 am

Well, make one for yourself! My younger bro does that all the time.


Sep 9, 2008 at 1:46 pm

Well, actually I have one. My younger sister calls me ‘Aami’ or ‘Aamy’ (are they 2?) :)


Sep 13, 2008 at 9:42 am

Aami seems like en extended version of Ammi! But cute, nonetheless. :)

Ordinary Girl

Sep 14, 2008 at 1:32 am

I have countless nicknames and check out the sitm zareefi(Hmmm…I like the sound of this multi-colored sentence!) that the most widely used one is the one I hate most!


Sep 14, 2008 at 4:50 pm

Sitam zareefi, indeed. *innocent look* What is that nickname, by the way?

Ordinary Girl

Sep 14, 2008 at 8:37 pm

Now, why would I tell THAT?? :P


Sep 15, 2008 at 6:10 am

Ah well. The innocent look didn’t work. Never mind. :P


Sep 16, 2008 at 11:08 am

Wow so many nick names of one person :P amazing.. Its so annoying 2 be called by a nick one dont feel so comfortable with, and usuly what happend is wohi aik pakka nick rakha jata hai :P


Sep 17, 2008 at 6:05 am

Haha! People of this world can be so cruel, can’t they? :P


Dec 17, 2008 at 6:56 pm

Your name is so unique!
I’ve not heard of anyone else with your name.
It has a gorgeous meaning.

I LOL-ed at the variations of your name- makes you wonder what’s in these people’s ears when they hear you say your name.


Dec 18, 2008 at 12:15 pm

Thank you. :) And yes, I rarely come across my namesakes, though I have heard about a few.

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