Why does Bud always introduce himself as "Bud, not Buddy?"

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Bud answers this question for readers in chapter five of Bud, Not Buddy. During this chapter, the narrative flashes back to a time when Bud's mother was still alive.  Bud and his mother are having a conversation with each other, and she clearly explains to Bud why he is not "Buddy."  She tells Bud that if she wanted her son called "Buddy," she would have named him exactly that.  She then goes on to tell Bud that "Buddy" is a name that people give their dogs.  Her son will not be called a dog's name.  

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