OT: Real life nicknames What nicknames do family, friends, co-workers & lovers call you? What, other than your given name, do you answer to? Do you shorten your name? Refuse to answer to a shortened version? Use your middle name? Has you internet handle become a nickname in real life or was it the other way around? Inquiring minds want to know. I'll go first given name: DÃ©sirÃ©e Elizabeth I prefer the full "DÃ©sirÃ©e" but answer to Des and Dee. An old friend calls me 'DD' (my first & last initial) but I wouldn't allow it from anyone else. Call me Desi and you lose vital organs. Some friends cal me 'Red' but not on any regular basis and usually preceded by something like "Calm down." People who met me online first often call me 'Babe' or 'Beachy.' My partner Tess calls me 'Babe' almost exclusively. Tess's given name is Jenny Therese. She goes by Tess. Her family calls her Tessan. I call her 'Swedie' (sorta like 'Sweety' get it?). when I don't want to out myself and some asks about my "husband" I'll refer to her as J.T.