The other day we realized that I cannot call humans nor animals by their given names. What is up with that? Sure you're more likely to use pet names for someone that is very dear to you but I do it for almost anyone and everything.
I will give you an example. Our older cat's name is Lilly. Sure I could call her Lilly. Only I never do. I call her Milly, Silly, Dilly, dicke Mupfel or Killy when she lets loose one of her deadly cat farts.
The day we got little cat, that is now known as Maunzerl, we decided to call her Sheila. Have we ever called her that? Heck no. I called her Maunzerl and now I am even abusing this name by calling her Zeli, Eli, nutcase, speedo cat, Hottentott, Tottie or Baby Mupfel. Our vet liked the name and her vaccination card is issued in the name Maunzerl :).
I mean seriously? I don't say Mom to my Mom. I have shortened the German 'Mutti' to 'Mui' and my Dad's name Lutz is changed to Luzie. Even my husband wasn't spared and now goes by the name 'bunny'.
My best friend Kati? Well I call her Katzi and her fiancé? Well he doesn't go by his real name either.
Am I suffering from some kind of weird disease? Is it weird to go overboard with pet names? I swear if it was normal to speak about myself in third person I would mess up my own name too.