Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Nicknames



This morning, Jack gave himself the nickname Beepers. I don't know why, but it made me laugh. It also reminded me of a guy in junior high who insisted we call him Groundhog. His last name was Grounds. I get it, but I didn't like the idea of someone giving himself a nickname. I think nicknames should be earned or based on a physical feature. Here are some examples. A person who is very fast could be nicknamed Speedy. A person who lisps could be nicknamed Sylvester. Those work for me.

Back to Groundhog. He had very pink skin and I wanted to call him Pinky. He really didn't like that. If I remember correctly, he threw me against a wall and told me to never call him that again. Looking back on it, I'm sure I knew he'd hate being called Pinky. It was my way of saying that you can't give yourself a nickname.

I think my kids might call me Stinky.

Do you have any funny nickname ideas?

4 comments:

Tim said...

There was a partially deaf kid in my school who some people called "Mutor"

He signed someone's yearbook, "thanks for the nickname, Scooter" and we all thought that was hilarious at the time, but looking back, I see that he played us.

Sophzilla said...

I agree. I think that your nickname has to be conferred by others. Otherwise it's just vanity. I suppose you could play on what he's conferred -- for example, Honk or Toot. Honk could evolve to goose, geeseman, etc.

Chris Ward said...

So are you trying to pick the nickname Stinky for yourself, or do you think you have earned it?

rigtenzin said...

I'm not sure if I've earned the nickname Stinky, because other members of my family are trying their best to earn it also. Maybe we need to have a competition.

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