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    Suppose you're a Joseph and you always write your name down as 'Joseph' but people call you 'Joe/Jo' - is that a friendly form of address?

    Is 'Joe/Jo' a nickname for Joseph?

    Is addressing a Joseph as 'Joe/Jo' a sign that you are friends with them/know them quite well?
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    yeah, there was a boy at my school named Joseph...everyone called him Joe and that's also what he introduced himself as. And yes i would say it's a friendly form of address so it's something friends, family or people that know the person quite well would use (like teachers).

    Jo for some reason looks more feminine to me...probably you spell it like that it's a girl and their full name is Joan / Joanna / Josephine etc.
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    yeah, my best friend's first name is Joseph, but I call him Joe as a more chatty informal way to show that we're on friendly terms. Depends on the person though some people just want to be called their full name and not nicknames.

    Jo to me though is definitely more feminine as Froppy said with the name Joanne or Josephine.
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    yeah, there was a boy at my school named Joseph...everyone called him Joe and that's also what he introduced himself as. and yes i would say it's a friendly form of address so it's something friends, family or people that know the person quite well would use (like teachers).

    Jo for some reason looks more feminine to me...probably you spell it like that it's a girl and their full name is Joan / Joanna / Josephine etc.
    I agree, it’s definitely a friendly form of address. Also agree about the jo/joe masculine/feminine thing; I call my friend Jodie, ‘Jo’ whereas my friend Joseph I call ‘Joe’. Adding the e for a masculine form is a bit counter intuitive but I’ve never really thought about it before.
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    Joe, definitely. My grandfather's name was Joseph and he went by Joe informally.

    Jo, on the other hand, I'd associate more with feminine names like Joanne - as the other poster has said.
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