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Old 06-26-2008, 04:10 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have, over the years, unsuccessfully tried to start my own nicknames while others around me have flourished. Many friends growing up went by nicknames and still many of my friends have their own nicknames: Matty Rodeo (Refers to his popularity at a local bar that is filled with "cougars"), Socks (Her name is Kaitlyn but everyone calls her socks), Cando (grew up with this kid and I've never met anyone that calls him by his first name); even my step father has the name Hobie (I never call him anything else).

And that is nothing. It's like everyone has one; you know, except for me.

So I'm wondering, what's your nickname. Or, if you don't have one, what would you like because as a fellow nicknameless human being, I am more then willing to refer to you as "King Awesome".

So I'll start: My name is Taylor, some people call me by my last name (Seymour) but not many. Some people call me Tay. The only one that has kind of stuck is Tom Sawyer; a father of a girl I grew up with called me that because I was a Tall Tales kind of guy. He stopped for a long time until I saw his wife when I was 19 and she went on (while intoxicated) at length about how "hot I was". The daughter was devestated, and the husband started calling me Tom Sawyer... he's a cop, he has a gun, I stopped going over hahaha.

So nothing really. I'd love to be called Sammy. For a short while I was playing an Irish bar owner in a play named Sammy and people called me that for a bit. I always liked it.

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Old 06-26-2008, 04:18 PM   #2 (permalink)
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i'm kind of ok with my own persona...don't feel the need to mess it up with an alter ego...
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Old 06-26-2008, 04:25 PM   #3 (permalink)
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In high school it was Willdo (rhymes with dildo), and I didn't pick it. More recently it's 007. Needless to say, I like the second one better.

My little brother's is Superman.
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Old 06-26-2008, 04:26 PM   #4 (permalink)
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The only one I've ever had that stuck with me my whole life is what my father calls me-Footie.
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Old 06-26-2008, 04:30 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I have never really had a nickname.

But I had a friend I used to work with who called me "Jenkins", no clue why. And one of my uncles with a mental disorder always calls me "Malcolm", I actually like that one. He says I look more like a Malcolm than what my real name is.

But other than those 2 instances I have never had any. Friends and family all call me by my first name, sometimes my last.
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Old 06-26-2008, 04:43 PM   #6 (permalink)
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This may come as a surprise, but for a number of years I was called "pig" by close friends and sometimes family. Occasionally it still pops up, but not that much. I do, however, have it tattooed on my body.

So you can call me pig. How fortunate.
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Old 06-26-2008, 04:51 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I got a flat-top haircut in high school (1988 ish) and one of my friends said I looked like Satan. The nickname "Satan" has stuck with that group to this day.

I also go by my initials... JP. I also call myself "Soggy" on many other places I go online. Soggy is another inside joke by my high school friends, but it isn't anyone's nickname exactly.
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Old 06-26-2008, 05:14 PM   #8 (permalink)
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My nickname varies from person to person.. my dad has always called me bear, for some unkown reason. But he's the only one who can get away with calling me that... Not to worry though, because every other person I know has a nickname for me... Tamerella, Tambo, Tambolina, Tam Tam, Tammy Turtle, etc.

...the list goes on, and on...

(my screen name actually started out as a nickname.. my ex used to call me digital redhead or dig' for short)
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Old 06-26-2008, 05:15 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I have, over the years, unsuccessfully tried to start my own nicknames while others around me have flourished.
...My name is Taylor, ...Some people call me Tay.
Ever consider T-bone?


(Seinfeld was the first thing that came to mind).

I've never really had a nickname, but one friend in college that sticks out in my mind went by the nickname "Mud". The name I think came from either her tomboyish nature, or because she was geology major and constantly covered in her work. It took two years when her parents came to visit for homecoming that I finally found out her real name was Mary.
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Old 06-26-2008, 05:23 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I know the feeling...

I work with Cookie (Nicole), Double (Aaron), Slim (Baxter), D (Deonde), Ace (Theresa), and Boss Lady (Melanie), meanwhile I'm just plain ol' Nick.

In elementary school, of course, I was Nickelodeon or Nick the Dick, prick, stick, spic whatever... Either way, nothing ever stuck thankfully, so Nick it is.
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Old 06-26-2008, 06:18 PM   #11 (permalink)
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i´ve never had a nick. a couple of people from a previous forum briefly called me lom (obvious reasons) but they quickly started to call me by my name (james.) there was a group with several james´ in it so i got called by my surname but the group has fragmented and the people i´m still in touch with now call me by my name. i´ve actually enjoyed never having a nick.

i do have nicks for some people and for several i´m the only person that calls them that. my brother is alex but i call him dorsk, one of my closest friends is jernej but i call him bobo (which was his nick for his dog) and one of my friends is chubbs but not many people know his real name of andrew since most people are introduced to him as chubbs. we all call chubbs´(and my close friend vic´s) mum toots and i don´t know why, but she is a wierdo.
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Old 06-26-2008, 06:30 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Back in 6th grade I was called Soggy Fish on the bus. Kinda pissed me off.

Since then, I've been called Peachy Keene (I played Peachy Weil in The Last Night of Ballyhoo and my last name is Keene) and my girlfriend has called me Pixie since back when we first met. The term "Asshole" could also be considered a nickname of mine.
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Old 06-26-2008, 09:29 PM   #13 (permalink)
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I had a couple minor annoying ones when I was a kid but they never stuck. I figured out quickly that the less fuss I made, the quicker it went away.
I guess the reverse would work too. If you find a nickname you like, bitch about it constantly and it will probably stick.

If I have a nickname now, I don't know what it is.
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Old 06-26-2008, 10:03 PM   #14 (permalink)
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So I'll start: My name is Taylor, some people call me by my last name (Seymour) but not many. Some people call me Tay. The only one that has kind of stuck is Tom Sawyer; a father of a girl I grew up with called me that because I was a Tall Tales kind of guy. He stopped for a long time until I saw his wife when I was 19 and she went on (while intoxicated) at length about how "hot I was". The daughter was devestated, and the husband started calling me Tom Sawyer... he's a cop, he has a gun, I stopped going over hahaha.
You're named after two guitar brands. I'd call you Duncan. And nobody would know why.

I haven't ever really had any nicknames. I like to think that I am distinctive enough that I don't need a nickname. People just know who I am naturally.

Interesting anecdote relating to this: I have recently returned to work after a long illness-related absence. There are large numbers of people who recognize me and I don't recognize them. I feel bad for not knowing who they are.

Also, a man on the street (literally, as in I was walking along the street and there he was) approached me in a familiar fashion the other day. 'Good to see you, I see you still have your hat!' I still have no idea who he was. I think this must be what being famous feels like. Everyone knows you, you know nobody.

The only nickname I have comes from a young lady in my life, who calls me 'mystery man' for reasons known only to her. I've speculated on why this should be in the past, but I'm still unsure.
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Old 06-26-2008, 11:07 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Old 06-27-2008, 02:03 AM   #16 (permalink)
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I have one, but only under certain circumstances The Professor.
It was due to a drunken episode one time about five years ago. Long story short I was rambling incoherently. Ever since then even if I am only having a single beer, among one group of friends I get called The Professor.
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Old 06-27-2008, 02:27 AM   #17 (permalink)
 
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I had a ton of nicknames in HS and college, mostly because my full name has 10 syllables, which provides lots of opportunity for abbreviation. Even saying my full first name every time gets old. I always enjoyed the teasing, for the most part. Strange thing is, since coming to Iceland, I don't really have a nickname (and my name is 2/3 Icelandic!). They only give nicknames based on the first name here, whereas in the US it tends to be last-name based, I found.

I also had a few memorable nicknames, based on my maiden name, given to me by the high school students I taught in 2002-03. That was a lot of fun... basically they added -izzle fo' shizzle to the end of my last name, and was hilarious. I felt like the cool teacher when I would hear that ring down the hallway before class.
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Old 06-27-2008, 02:41 AM   #18 (permalink)
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My nickname is Uncle Phil.
so, it WAS you!!!
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Old 06-27-2008, 03:04 AM   #19 (permalink)
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My grandmother (the one that just passed away) started calling me Shani at birth, so the whole family calls me that....its the only nickname I've ever had
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Old 06-27-2008, 03:23 AM   #20 (permalink)
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my dad called me "moo" from the time i was really little.
now, of course, it's a bit annoying to have to explain why your family makes cow noises at you when it really has nothing to do with cows.
and i really don't know where it came from.
they moved on to "fred" as i got older because one aunt's annoying boyfriend used to call me "minerva" and when i punched him, he changed it to "minifred".
basically i've had people my entire life asking me where mork is, so i'll just be happy for "noodle" these days.
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Old 06-27-2008, 06:01 AM   #21 (permalink)
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My dad is the king of giving nicknames. When I was playing grade school basketball he used to yell "Go Man Go". (My name is Mandi)

Before the eighth grade I transferred to a new school and one of my new friends' little sister started calling me Mando Skando. Not really sure why, but the Mando part stuck. Now my close family and friends call me that.

My husband calls me Sweetthing. Not really sure where he came up with that either....
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Old 06-27-2008, 06:29 AM   #22 (permalink)
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As a little boy my dad started calling me Mókus which is Hungarian for squirrel. So many of my adult relatives also called me that. They say I always liked squirrels from the first time I could run after them. It's also close to my name in Hungarian, where Nicholas is Miklós. Last year when I had squirrels living in the walls of my 3rd floor dormers, I hated squirrels and managed to evict them for good. When I hunted I ate squirrels and they also taste quite good braised with mushrooms...these being wild squirrels eating corn, nuts, berries not crummy city squirrels.

When I was about 6 to 12 yo my best friend's grandfather started to call me Sauerkraut, which he meant affectionately and assoicated it with me being Hungarian vs. most people in the neighborhood being Polacks.

In my early to late teenage years, with my hair always being one of the longest in the neighborhood and with my version windblown character to it, some of the guys I hung out with started to call me Jungle...so that stuck for quite a few years.

Otherwise, most people call me Nick so that's my common nickname.
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Old 06-27-2008, 01:07 PM   #23 (permalink)
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my dad called me "moo" from the time i was really little.
now, of course, it's a bit annoying to have to explain why your family makes cow noises at you when it really has nothing to do with cows.
and i really don't know where it came from.
I had a friend named Julia in High School, and her family called her Ju which was often mistaken for "Jew" when they were in public. One of the funniest things I ever saw was walking in the local farmers market (which is incredibly popular where I live; like religion) on a saturday and having Julia's parents yelling "Hey! Jew! Jew, come here! Jew!" hahahahahaha. The expressions were priceless.

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You're named after two guitar brands. I'd call you Duncan. And nobody would know why.
I've been playing guitar for most of my life, or at least longer then I remember, and I've gotten that my whole life. "Why do you play a Martin when you could play yourself". Clever.
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Old 06-27-2008, 02:34 PM   #24 (permalink)
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I told my 2-year-old son that I wanted a nickname yesterday. He pondered for a minute, then said, "You be Tee-tee, and I be baa-baa!" So, there ya go. I'm Tee-tee. Yay!

I just learned that Xepherys' nickname while he was deployed was Willy. Awwww
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Old 06-27-2008, 06:30 PM   #25 (permalink)
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So nothing really. I'd love to be called Sammy.

Na.ma.ko and Cupcake are the two that have stuck with me.

Namako is mainly family, while Cupcake is what a few of my bosses call me, and Tpop took to calling me it too. He also regularly called me Tbabe or Babydoll.

My ex used to be called Um by his family, which I always liked.
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Old 06-27-2008, 06:32 PM   #26 (permalink)
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I've been playing guitar for most of my life, or at least longer then I remember, and I've gotten that my whole life. "Why do you play a Martin when you could play yourself". Clever.
On the plus side, Taylor Seymour is better than Samick BC Rich. Just remember that things could always be worse.
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Old 06-27-2008, 07:44 PM   #27 (permalink)
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Originally posted by Sammy:
To be fair I just got in from... being out, but I just laughed at that for a good five minutes.

That was a good one.
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Old 06-27-2008, 08:00 PM   #28 (permalink)
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I've had all kinds of nicknames, but the only one that's stuck with me is "Bobby". My first name is Rob, so it wasn't that much of a stretch. My friends started it as a way to annoy me 20 yrs ago, but i didn't care and they stuck with it. A lot of my closest friends still call me Bobby.
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Old 06-27-2008, 08:10 PM   #29 (permalink)
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hmmmm...

When i was young it was toyboy, then it became toyman, then toy...

why? i think because it's pretty close to my name.

and once, a really long time ago, it was tweedlebert but we won't go there.
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