Ever met someone you know on the street and could not for the life of you remember their name? Your luck can’t be that good. It must have happened at least once. If hasn’t you know too few people! And maybe you should consider joining more social networking sites.
If, on the other hand, you have, then you know the anxiety that follows. You pray and pray, to any deity that will listen to grant you the single boon that the conversation may pass without requiring you to say their name out loud. When that doesn’t work, I find that it helps to give them a nickname!
They are surprised. They say, “That’s not my name!”
And you reply, “Yeah, but I changed it because this suits them more.” or “I know too people with your given name. I thought it’s best to give you a new name, you know, to avoid confusion!”