And your name is?
Can I really call myself Lady Di?
I’ve had a couple of funny experiences when I have to give my name on the phone. I usually call myself “Di” – short for Dianne. Most of my friends call me Di, so that’s the way it is, but apparently, when I say it on the phone, it is not easy to comprehend.
So, a few times I have said, “Di, as in Lady Di.” Mostly there’s no great response as the person, “gets it”. On one occasion, years ago, I was speaking with someone in the US and said this, and for some reason, he thought he was speaking with the outstanding Lady Di. It was before her untimely death. I remember the seconds of silence and then heard him tell others that he was talking with Lady Di. I had to laugh.
How do I address you?
So last Friday evening, the phone rang and a voice asked to speak with Lady Di. I chuckled quietly to myself and said that she was. A brief silence followed. Then she asked, “How should I address you?” I nearly choked as I chucked.
“You may call me Di or Dianne.” was my reply.
However, she chose to continue with “Lady Di”. It was a representative from a major publishing company in the US wanting to know if I have a book ready for publication. I wish.
I often think that I should write with a pseudonym – maybe I should write as Lady Di? I wonder how much trouble that would get me into?