We’ve already had at least one post on the ins and out of naming here at Harpyness, but here’s another. Names have always been weirdly important to me, perhaps because names are meant to give us some individual mark, and my birth name might as well be “Blandy Ann McBlanderson.” Really. My tenth grade history class had about 15 girls in it, and six were Blandys. The teacher (who was a coach, not a teacher), assigned us each a number, based on the row we sat it, to go with our name. I was Blandy 6.
That’s the most egregious example, but there have been hundreds of other occasions where being one Blandy among millions has led to frustration and or embarrassment. Suffice it to say, I’ve always had nicknames. Lots of them. I’ve sought them out. Some were derived from my name: “Blan,” “Blanderella,” “B-Mac,” etc., since my equally generic older brother, “Blandon McBlanderson,” had already been given our last name as his go-to moniker. Others had to do with characteristics, or weird in-jokes with friends: “Lady Lovely Locks,” “Nugatory” (or the short form, “Noog”), “Girf,” and my favorite: “Newt.”
It’s my favorite for a couple of reasons: I came by it at a camp that makes up a very happy chapter of my youth, and I sorta picked it for myself, after introducing myself as Blandy, but then joking “but please call me something else, anything, like Turtle, or Lizard, or Newt.” It stuck, and for a small group of people who knew me when, I’m still Newt. Or Newty. Or Newtron. Or Newtella. (Nicknames of nicknames!) If any of those people read this blog, well, I’ve just outed myself. Hi MSA! Find me on Facebook under my real name!
Anyway, the question for today’s FFT is: What is your most common and/or favorite nickname, and why?