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co-worker not calling you by name

when a co-worker calls you
*aye..aye...

how do you respond? is this an issue?

always this way..

3 scenarios..
*supervisor calling out to someone under
*employee calling out to supervisor
*employee calling out to someone in the team on the same level.
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Paul SauvéCommented:
aye, aye is a naval response for yes - as when a superior officer gives you an order, YOUR response is "Aye, aye sir!"

If anyone asks me ro do something without adressing me by my name, how could I possibly know I am the person being addressed, even if that person is looking at me? Unless me name was actually Aye-Aye, I wouldn't give them the time of day, even if he was my boss. Call me Paul, or call me Mr. Sauve!
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BillDLCommented:
If everybody else in the room has been blinded in one eye and you still obviously have full vision in both, then I would submit that Eye-Eye would be clearly be in reference to you and that you should acknowledge.  If everybody in the room has both eyes intact and functional, then ignore the co-worker completely until they have the courtesy to use your name ;-)

I'm not sure if you are aware, but an Aye-Aye is a Lemur found in Madagascar (Daubentonia madagascariensis) and, although quite cute and cuddly looking, does look a bit monkey-like in some ways., so I would take insult if called by that name.

If your name was Isaac Itzl and you worked in an office full of other Isaacs with different surnames, then calling your name as "I-I" it might be an abbreviated way to get a response from the right Isaac, and probably a more polite way than "Old Isaac" or "Young Isaac", or "Big Isaac".

Seriously though, what kind of call for attention is "Aye, Aye" supposed to be?

As Paul stated, this is generally an acknowledgement, however in Scotland, Northern England, and perhaps other places, "Aye, Aye" in non-Naval terms can mean a lot of things just like Prego (Italian for "please") and Ciao (Italian for "hello") are often used as very general expressions more like utterances.  The word "Aye" is one of the most commonly used in Scotland and Northern England for "Yes", example: "Aye, I know, I'm going to get onto that in a minute".

If somebody said "Aye, Aye" with an expression in their voice like Sherlock Holmes discovering a craftily hidden clue, or a modern day cop finding cannabis in the glove box of your car, you might hear a Northern British person say something like "Aye, Aye, what do we have here then?"  Quite often the two words together are just used as a form of informal greeting just like "Hi".

It's certainly not something I have ever heard used in the context that you have suggested, ie.  to attract somebody's attention.
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