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    Default Don't use diminutives of my name (Justine) in order to soften me up

    Hello everybody!

    Suppose a husband has done something wrong, but his wife is angry with him. The husband wants to soften her up by using diminutive forms of her name Justine.
    What is the right way to say that in English?
    Don't try to soften me up by using diminutive forms of my name Justine.

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    Don't try to kiss / suck up to me by using diminutive forms of my name Justine.

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    Don't try to lavish flattery on me by using diminutive forms of my name Justine.

    Thank you.

    The sentences were made by me.

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    Default Re: Don't use diminutives of my name (Justine) in order to soften me up

    It's very unlikely that those sentences would be used.
    "My name is Justine. You won't get anywhere with that 'Jus baby' crap/nonsense."

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    Default Re: Don't use diminutives of my name (Justine) in order to soften me up

    I think she's more likely to say "Jus? Jus? Try champagne and diamonds, darling. Then you might stand a chance!"
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Default Re: Don't use diminutives of my name (Justine) in order to soften me up

    "Don't you 'Jus' me, I know what you've been up to!"

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    Default Re: Don't use diminutives of my name (Justine) in order to soften me up

    I think that "Don't you 'Jus' me" is similar to "Don't just 'mum/mom' me" or "stop 'mumming/momming me".
    It was an angry reaction of a mother to her child's constant calling "mummy, mummy/mommy, mommy".
    What do you think or should I start a new thread?

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    Default Re: Don't use diminutives of my name (Justine) in order to soften me up

    Yes, do.

    Going back to the OP, you'll see from the answers that anything that ends '...my name Justine' is wrong; I'm not sure why all your attempts use this rather odd-sounding phrase. 'Don't try to get round me/get out of it/change the subject by using diminutives. My name is 'Justine'' would work, though - as the alternatives have implied - the phrase'using diminutives' is a bit formal (though it might be used colloquially if the couple met at university on a language course - and MrsK might use it because she knows the way my mind works )

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