I've been caled a lot of things, but nothing I would call a name.
October 1, 2011 7:22 PM Subscribe
My younger brother is doing a Peace Corp stint in Senegal. His host family (with whom he's staying while he learns the language) has taken to calling him by the name of their son of the same age.
While I'm sure this is a gesture of welcoming, I find it very odd. Is this customary? What's the convention and where does it come from.
posted by es_de_bah to Society & Culture (8 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Maybe I'm used to nick-names being used to distinguish rather than assimilate. I'm really just intrigued. Anyone have experience with this?