What words or phrases would you use to introduce someone by a nickname they've chosen? Say I want to introduce Dr. Samuels (who introduces herself as Susie-Q) to Dr. Smith. I can't call my superior Susie-Q without mentioning that the nickname wasn't my idea. Is there a word for someone's chosen form of address?

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    You can just say, "This is Dr. Samuels, but she likes go by 'Susie-Q'." – Jim Oct 17 '14 at 5:47
  • @Jim Please phrase your answer in the form of an answer. – Alex Trebek Oct 17 '14 at 21:15
  • @AlexTrebek- Wow. How long has it been since you were able to say that? – Jim Oct 17 '14 at 21:24

Probably alias: (from TFD)

  • otherwise called. “Simpson alias Smith.
  • an assumed name
  • Dr. Samuels, alias Susie Q.

also pseudonym (in case of a writer for instance)

  • A fictitious name, especially a pen name.

Just add the nickname at the end, after a pause, generously garnished with a smile. If you are close/ informal enough, you could add "to us all" as well.

"Mr. Abraham Lincoln, :-) Abe (to us all)"

When introducing oneself, "to you" is the familiar way to go.

  • Yes, but if that is the case..the question appers to be off-topic..we are talking about good manners rather than language..and BOP also. – user66974 Oct 17 '14 at 6:42
  • Sorry. I typed before I read. – bib Oct 17 '14 at 14:56

You could use a pause as a verbal colon

This is Dr. Samuels [pause] Suzie-Q.

Personal introductions are usually conducted with glances and gestures toward the person being introduced, further clarifying that the name and nickname are both attibuted to that individual.

Note: The gist of this answer was earlier offered by @Kris, (which I overlooked). Please see that answer.

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