Jeremy Keith touches on the subject of abbreviations. One of the things I’ve always wondered when watching American television and reading American blogs, is how natural it seems to abbreviate people’s names. One of my favorite shows, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, even has the anchorman’s nickname in the title. That’s strange. Sure, I’ve had nicknames and such, but I’ve never introduced me by my nickname, and no one has ever presented me to others by my nickname. Awfully strange!