Say my name, say my name

[This whole blog is a confession, but this thought won’t leave my mind lately. See the relevant tumblr here if you’re not already familiar with the genre.]

Richard Armitage as Percy Courtenay and Jessie Wallace as Marie Lloyd in Miss Marie Lloyd. My cap.

~ by Servetus on September 7, 2012.

39 Responses to “Say my name, say my name”

  1. I have thought several times about the “Rich” introduction. But not in terms of sexual fantasies. More in terms of how he sees himself in relation to the whole “I’m not a movie star” thing. But I can see where it might lead to that . . . πŸ˜‰


  2. Absolutely, totally, completely agree! πŸ˜‰


  3. I think we should be grateful he doesn’t favour an alternative diminutive πŸ˜‰


  4. Hahaha!….though, I still prefer..”Guy!” πŸ˜‰


  5. As Richard is quite a formal name, here are the popular short forms: Rick, Ricky, Rikki, Richy, Dick, Dicky, Rik, Ric.
    I think Rich is the best option!
    By the way I am NOT finishing this comment by adding that I’d most like to call him Mine! πŸ˜‰


  6. Lots of winking smilies in the comments here…can’t think why! πŸ˜‰


    • Well, we could interpret Servetus’ “decisive moment” to mean asking him if he paid the electric bill, what he wants for dinner, etc. We simply choose the more delicious option.


  7. Thanks for all the comments. Anything more must be left either to your imagination — or to my next NC-17 post.


  8. I wonder whether he introduced himself as Rich in Oakland , MI, because in the US people would tend to use an abbreviated name, rather than the, to Americans more formal-sounding, Richard. (I wonder if they call him Rich on the set of Black Sky). He called himself Richard (from London) in the powhiri ceremony for The Hobbit (vlog #1) and in the CBeebies readings.


    • Don’t know what the LA folks would do, but the Mi people anyway would call him as he wanted to be called. Midwesterners are *crazy* polite and care about things like that. I have also seen other references to him as “Rich.” Back when RAOnline had a guestbook, a couple people who must have known him at some point left greetings to “Rich.”


      • My name is actually Angela, but my family always called me Angie or Ang. Later, I started introducing myself as Angiewhen I met new people.

        My “real” name seems almost formal now. Unless you only knew me way back and you’re my friend or acquaintance, you are likely going to call me “Angie.”
        Perhaps in more, shall we say, formal settings such as representing the cast and crew at the ceremony, he feels he should use his full name. He seems relaxed enough on the movie set to introduce himself with a familiar nickname. Just a possibility.


        • Wisconsin girl here would be extremely hesitant to use a nickname unless she’d been told she could or the person introduced him/herself with the nickname. The one exception I can think of to this in much of the US Midwest would be Asian names, and even then, not if they were short (three syllables or less).


          • Could this also be a way of making people feel more relaxed and comfortable when meeting him? Hi, I’m not MOVIE STAR Richard Armitage, I’m just Rich, a working actor. I won’t bite. πŸ˜‰

            Of course, here in the south, a child would probably be told to call him Mr. Rich. I am MIss Angie to many young whippersnappers. πŸ˜‰


            • He could bite me if he wanted to… Sorry.. Couldn’t resist.


            • Well, whatever the reason — introducing yourself that way means you don’t mind being called that, potentially at a decisive moment. Which has been great for my fantasy life.


            • we probably wouldn’t say “Mr.” with a first name. “Mr.” with a last name, or if the person is close enough to have a pseudo-family relationship, in some parts of the midwest, but not all, “Uncle,” though I think that is going out of style. I called almost all my parents’ friends by their surnames and still do since it’s hard to change πŸ™‚


  9. I’m not a fan of my formal name but I’ve heard that the diminutive form of it sounds funny in the Anglo-Saxon ears.
    Asia πŸ˜‰


  10. Hi Serv,
    Hmmmm! I become “a puddle of womanly essence” every time I see that Percy Courtenay and Marie Lloyd love scene. Sighhhh!

    But back to the matter at hand, Richard Armitage’s preferred name. Also being a Midwesterner, I would address him however he introduced himself as–to be polite. Of course, my mind would be thinking, oh you BBHMTDWCTM. Ha!

    Lucy Griffiths referred to RA as “Rich” in an interview when they were making RH. It’s a nice nickname. And if English Mamas are like U.S. Mamas, they use your fullname when you’re in trouble. So I’m guessing calling him Richard Crispin Armitage would be out–too Oedipal. Ha!

    Although, a version of “my” name is sometimes translated as “Hannah”. So I’m sure that there might be some thoughts about that Oedipal thingy. Ha! However, RA is not young enough to be my son–by a long shot. And nurses taking my medical history always think I’m 8 years younger than I am. So, I’m not budging on the age issue. Ha!

    Cheers! Grati ;->

    P.S. This is all conjecture, because I will never ever meet RA. But, I suppose it’s good to be prepared with a salutation, just in case–were the universe to suddenly shift dimensions, that is. Ha!


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