Hello everyone! We at Local Lingo have recently received the following email message: ===== I have just been notified that the word "Robertek" listed on your page of diminutives has a very negative meaning. I have confirmed this with a native speaker and have looked up the meaning of the word online. I would suggest that the term be removed or another one sought. Thank you. ===== Unfortunately, the sender did not include a return email address (or a name for that matter), so we have no way of replying to him/her, but we find the topic too interesting to pass up and leave unaddressed. Just for clarification, the word "Robertek" appears in the nameday section of our website under diminutives of male names on this page: www.locallingo.com/countries/czech_republic/culture/name_days/names_dimm.html The reason why it is there is because it IS a diminutive of the name Robert. As the Czech native speakers among you know, the word also has another connotation in Czech that some are not even able to spell out... Without any further beating about the bush, the word "Robertek" also means a "vibrator" in Czech. Now, does this automatically give the name a "very negative meaning"? Moreover, how do we seek a different "term" to replace this version of a relatively common Czech name? Names are not terms, names are names. What do you think? Should the name Robertek be banned from the Czech language as a dirty word and removed from our website? If so, what should be done with all the Dicks and Dickies out there?