Count Zero wrote:
Sounds reasonable and interesting. But why then didn't Spock say in "This Side Of Paradise" that she already knew his first name, so to speak?
Because she didn't ask for his given
name, she asked if he had a first
name. Being literal-minded, he would've taken "first name" to mean exactly that, the name that comes first, regardless of whether it's a given name or a family name or something else. In our
culture, we equate "first name" with "given name" so completely that we often don't even realize there's a difference. But that's hardly universal.
Well, that's true. It isn't clear in English, I suppose. I just assumed that "first name" was the same as "given name", since there's only one word for it in my language.