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My Friends Call Me Nicky

If I’ve gotten to know you, even a little bit, chances are I’ve given you a nickname. That’s right. Even if I only “virtually” know you, I’ve probably given you a nickname. And, chances are, you don’t know it, because I only use these nicknames in my head.

Oh sure, you may have spotted me using some of these nicknames here at WWFC and around the Internet. For years, I’ve called my co-blogger, Mike, Smick. Ziva, of Ziva’s Inferno, is Lemmikki. Linda, from The Good, The Bad, The Worse, is Hon. Meleah, from Momma Mia, Mea Culpa, is Sweet Thing. And, as a result of her calling me Nick, I finally started publicly calling Margaret, of Nanny Goats In Panties, Mags.

But for the most part, I keep them to myself. The thing is, I’m never sure how people feel about being given a nickname. Personally, I’ve always wanted one. If you ever watched Seinfeld, there’s an episode where George wants the cool nickname, T-Bone. He ends up being known as Coco the Monkey.

As Mags once told me: "Be careful what you wish for. And what's that thing on your face?"

Growing up, my dad gave everyone a nickname. Everyone but me. My brothers, my mom, his friends, people he worked with – they all had nicknames. One time, I asked him why he didn’t have a nickname for me. He just shrugged. When I demanded one, he pretended to think for a moment then asked “How about Manure Brain?”

I was hoping for Princess, or Angel. Instead I got Shithead.  Sigh.

No, my dad didn’t really start calling me that. Besides sharing the gene that makes us compulsively rename people, we also share the sarcasm gene and the did-you-really-just-issue-an-order-and-seriously-think-I’m-going-to-follow-it gene.

So he never gave me a nickname.

So, I’ve decided to get my own. I discovered that there are actually such things as nickname generators.  Yup, you put in your name, gender and choose which “category” of nickname you’d like and abracadabra! A choice of super cool nicknames just for you.

Except.

They’re not really super cool. Like I said, they’ve got a bunch of categories you can choose from: mobster, superhero, goth, spy, dragon, etc. First I chose spy, thinking that was going to be so badass. Among the names that came up: Thunderball, Blofeld, Jinx and Agent86. How lame is that? And unoriginal too!!

superwoman, supergirl, red cape

I could totally pull off a full-length cape.

So I chose the superhero category.

And got the following results: Stormbringer, Tastes Like Chicken, Dates Cattle and Trips Over Own Feet. While that last one is accurate, it’s not the nickname I’m looking for. Stormbringer was kind of cool, but there’s already a superhero named Storm. On top of it all, she was played by Halle Berry in the X-Men movies. Yeah, I just can’t compete with Halle Berry.
Truth be told, I probably couldn’t even compete with Chuck Berry, but whatever. I think it’s safe to say that the nickname generator isn’t really working for me.

Maybe I should write to Josh Holloway. He played Sawyer on Lost and his character gave everyone nicknames.

josh holloway, lost, james ford, beach

And he always took his shirt off. Sigh. He could call me anything he liked.

Image from here and forever burned into my brain

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  • I love nicknames!  My husband does not agree with them.  In my family everyone has a nickname.  To which my husband responded, “It is ridiculous!  They even had to add syllables to give you a nickname.”  I, also, give everyone nicknames whether they know it or not.  Some would love them and some would be offended(they probably should – they aren’t always nice).  When Sawyer is done at your place can you send him down South to me?

  • I love nicknames too. And I really love how you call me Sweet Thing.  But I cannot stand when people call me MEL.

    xoxoxo

  • LOL! I know exactly what you mean! My second son’s name is Kane. When my oldest son was about 4, we bumped into an acquaintance I hadn’t seen in a few years. She asked what his little brother’s name was. Jake answered “His name is Kane, but we call him Kane-a-ma-rane for short.”

    As for sending you Sawyer… okay, but it’s probably going to take a while 🙂

  • I am SO relieved that you don’t mind that I call you Sweet Thing! It would be a challenge for me to stop after thinking of you that way for so long! And I understand about Mel… I never liked it when people called me Nick. Except for Margaret. Somehow, it didn’t bother me when she started doing it.

  • I probably don’t want to know what my nickname is. I’ll stick with my alias.

  • Margaret can get away with calling any one ­ any thing.
    She has “it” like that.

    And, yes. I LOVE how you call me Sweet Thing.
    But, I mean that in the straightest way possible!

    xoxoxo

  • Oh Sugardoodle, quit.  I call you Honeybunch, Sugardoodle, and Nik Nik.  I also call you Princess and Muffin.  I also call you “My little cabbage”.  How many nicknames does one girl need? 

    We call Harry, Agent Orange, and Peace Corps, and Numb Nuts.  We call Zoe, Gooey Zooey, and Angelina (Jolie). 

    Alex calls me “Sweetpea” of all things.  Is he insane?

  • What do you call me? At least, what’d you call me before the great Kraft Mac&Cheese throw down? 

  • Really, You don’t like Mel? What about Melly? 

  • You know my mum’s nickname for me was ‘beetle’. If you don’t you haven’t read my ‘about me’ page 🙂 I bet you don’t have one for me.

    You are lucky that I don’t have a nickname for you. It could be ‘Old Boot’ or ‘Fat Bum’ or any other variation of nick names I have for MO or friends. I have a tendency to use derogatory names as endearments, though ‘fat bum’ is reserved only for Mo. I couldn’t run that risk with anyone else 🙂

  • I’ve never had any nicknames.   Occasionally, some fool will call me Janie — but not more than once.  

  • Nope. I hate BOTH of those!

    Most of my friends call me Melz.
    That’s less annoying.

  • No, you probably don’t want to know. 🙂

  • LOL, Sugardoodle? You’ve never called me that! At least, not to my virtual face. And while I love you madly, I don’t think I love Sugardoodle. But I love you enough not to mind it. 🙂

  • Well, in my head, I used to call you Dances with Blogs, but now I call you Eats with Fake Cheese. 🙂

    Ok, seriously, since you started Tribal, I think of you as Chief.

  • Okay, I’ll just call you “Sugar” then.  But I do love that old Southern “Sugardoodle” myself.
     

  • I knew that Babs! I don’t think I would mind if you gave me a derogatory nickname. LOL, You should here what Jepeto calls me! And, yes, I have one for you. No, it’s not Fat Bum 🙂

  • No, I don’t see you as a Janie either. But you do have a nickname, my friend 🙂

  • So I want to know what it is please 🙂

  • Don’t make me moon you.  

  • Holy shit, I think you just found the band name we’ve been looking for.

    What do you think: The Sugardoodles, or just Sugardoodle?

    Gonna suggest it to the guys pronto!

  • Sugardoodles is the best name ever for a band.  Wow!  I think you’d go all the way with that handle.

  • Hah! I’m not intimidated. It’d only be a half-moon! 🙂

  • Ok, I’ll tell you. It’s Doc. Now let’s see if you can figure out why! 🙂

  • If it helps at all, I call you Zombie Shoe Girl in my head, or ZSG for short.

  • I have absolutely no idea. Now you have to tell me why you call me that 😉

  • The awesomeness of a nickname is made purely by the person who dubs you with that moniker. If they are really a friend, you don’t care if they call you buttface as long as they mean it in a loving way.

  • nonamedufus

    What am I? Chopped liver? No, no, I didn’t mean for a Nickyname (clever, huh?)

    Have you done the Blues Name thingy at  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/01/24/whats-your-blues-name-pciture_n_1229406.html

    I’m Boney Pickles McGee. I can live with that.

  • nonamedufus

    Gee, I’m kinda partial to Fat Bum.

  • nonamedufus

    Sugardoodles sounds kinda fey for a band’s name, don’t ya think? 

    How about The Baked Squares?

  • Actually, Dufus, you guessed it! My nickname for you is Chopped Liver. But now I may start calling you Pickles. Yup, I’m definitely calling you Pickles. 🙂

  • I dunno… I think I’d prefer Trips Over Own Feet! 🙂

    You’re right though. It’s not the name so much as the sentiment behind it.

  • I love you Madge. I really do. That is the best nickname I’ve ever had, even if it’s the only nickname I’ve ever had!

  • Well, Pickles, if you really want me to, I can call you that. But I leave it to you to explain that to the missus…

  • I’ll send you an email 🙂

  • OK 🙂

  • Sugardoodles is actually a great name considering we play heavy rock. It makes it more unexpected!

  • I’m so bummed!  I scanned this article really quickly looking for my nickname ut thing I saw there wasn’t one and I was going to be sad but THEN you put up that hot, hot pic of Sawyer and I forgot what this whole post was about.  Also, I drooled on my computer.

  • You can call me liver, you can call me pickles, just don’t call me late for dinner, Cheese Lady.

  • Dammit, my comment disappeared! This is the third time this week that it’s happened! WTF? Ggggrrrr!!

    Ok, so what I wrote was that since you wrote that post about your horrible ER experience, I’ve always thought of you as MRS. BLITHE (and then I start to tremble in fear that you’re going to snarl at me).

    I also mentioned that if I found a magic genie lamp, Sawyer would be all 3 of my wishes. 🙂

  • Mikewj

    I love nicknames, and have at least one for everybody I like. For people I love or adore, I often have so many that I have some trouble remembering them after a while. I even have nicknames for myself, and for parts of myself. So anyway, there you go.

  • Now, of course, I have to ask what your nickname for me is. Please don’t tell me it’s TMobile Girl.

    Also, I’d like to know what your nickname is for yourself. Please don’t tell me it’s TMobile Girl.

  • Mikewj

    For you, it’s “Oh yes, baby, yes!”

    For me, it’s “Oh yes, baby, yes!”

  • LOL!

  • I like Tastes Like Chicken….it has a certain je ne sais quoi….Ok, so dish: what’s my nickname? Probably has something to do with nakedness, I can feel it!

  • Ha!  I love it!  Mrs. Blithe! 

    I heard that!

  • I play a lot of softball. And before that, baseball. It seems there are always nicknames. I give them when I have the chance. And I’ve received a few, too. Always fun stuff. 

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