The Weekend : Nicknames Given or Received

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Nickname given or received Do you have a nickname or pet name given to you by someone else? What is it and why were you given it? Or, have you given someone else a nickname that stuck What is it and how did they earn it?

I am from Ireland and nicknames are extremely common. Some are good but some can ruin you if you do not shut them down quickly. I got away lightly as my nickname is actually my Hive username blanchy. My last name is Blanche. Everybody calls me it and most people in the town wouldn't actually know what my first name is. Nicknames are not really set by one individual here, they are born from discussions and craic whether it be in the pub, or a workplace. Most of the time it is based on their last name like my own with an 'ie' or a 'y' at the end. Other times there is a twist to it. A guy I play football with is called 'Tennis' because his second name is Hackett. So from Hackett someone called him Racket. From there it went to Tennis Racket and now it's just Tennis. I wasn't aware of this at first and I was calling him Dennis as I was of the understanding people were shouting Dennis at him. But his real name is Brendan which was confusing until someone gave me the lowdown.
I have another friend whose name is Wayne Bruce so the lads in work call him 'ManBat'. I think this is the best nickname of all time by the way.

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There is a lad living next door to me called breakfast because he is always up early.
And the bloke I went to college with called Enda May was christened 'Start of June' in the pub one day by my friends which I find hilarious.

There is a two terrible nicknames that I won't use but someone was labelled it in my hometown.
The first nickname was given to my friend Aine as a teenager. The nickname is 'Salty Box' due to her love of a chicken and chip snack box takeaway. She used to throw a load of salt on her chips and she became known as 'salty box'. Very innocent. As she got older this label wasn't the best as it was thought that Aine had a salty vulva. I can confirm that this was not the case but the nickname stuck in any case.

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Thankfully for Aine. Salty Box was overshadowed by another nickname. It is a name that I wouldn't wish on my worst enemy. It all spurned from a Halloween night. Let me paint you a picture. Every Halloween it is tradition for teenagers to build a bonfire. We collect wooden pallets by any means possible, theft being a main ingredient and build a large bonfire. The bonfire in the town is built beside a railway line close to a bridge down in a hollow so the people can sit on the wall and look down on the bonfire. You can fit around 200 people by the old cobble wall so everyone has a great view of the bonfire. The fire is lit at night around 8pm. The alpha male teenager normally pours petrol on the large pile of pallets to start the fire risking his life in the process. When the bonfire is lit , a ball of flames rushes up in the air from the petrol and the whole place lights up as if it is daylight. The bonfire makers range from the age of 10 up to 16 and drink cans of cider from the side lines admiring their work. On this Halloween night a girl called Aoife was watching her boyfriend as he was about to light the massive fire. Being only 15, Aoife never had a cider before. Cider is made from apples and if you ever have constipation problems, cider is a go to remedy to solve this ailment. Having drank the cider Aoife felt a pain and realised she had to go to the toilet. There was no bathrooms within a mile of the location so she panicked and ran under the railway bridge in the pitch darkness to relieve herself. She pulled down her leggings and squatted down. She was in the pitch darkness out of view. Meanwhile her boyfriend grabbed a stick with a cloth dossed in petrol. He threw it on the wooden structure and whoooooooossssssssshhhhhhh, the bonfire ignited. The crowd of around 200 people protected their eyes around the bridge such was the flash bright light. What they saw then was not just the bonfire but Aoife under the bridge mid poo. Aoife was known from that day forward as Aoife Shits.
This was 20 years ago and Aoife who is a stunning looking girl and went onto model is still known as 'Aoife Shits'. She even answers to the name. But thankfully it's water off a ducks back at this stage. Aoife was so confidently good looking that she did not bat an eyelid. Some of the local folk get a kick out of calling her children 'the little shits' but then again all young children are referred to in this way in the town so they don't know the reference.

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I could go on and on forever around nicknames. Even at the local cemetery there are nicknames on peoples gravestones. When I was with my dad recently we visited his brothers grave to tidy it up a bit. Beside the grave was a guy called Thomas "Doley" Murphy. I asked my dad. Why did they call him Doley?
"Because he never had a job, he was a lazy bastard" was my fathers curt reply.
"Fair enough" I said.

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You made me cry with laughter, the truth is that in your city they are very witty.
The ones that caught my attention were Tennis, Salty Box and the terrible consequence of the nickname growing up, fortunately you were there to corroborate or not. And of course Aoife Shist.

When I saw your entry I knew the laughs were earned.

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Awesome stories and some hilarious nicknames. We aren't that heavy on nicknames in Holland but I remember having a classmate in high school, originally from Iran, whose name is Ali Niknam. I liked to refer to him as either Ali N ( Pronounce as Ali-en ) or Ali Nickname

haha!

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I know you love wordplay - nicknames like this would really appeal to you. Here your name would just be abbreviated. Blanchy would still be Blanchy, but your surname doesn't work for that here so you'd just be Vinny or maybe Dutchy.

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Vinny or Dutchy?? 😂 😂. What country is this ? Dutchy Blanche has a kinda of a gangster ring to it. How did you come to that conclusion? haha. I would have thought it would have been paddy or something like that.

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Australia. Haha yes it could be Paddy but that's a bit old school and kinda racist!

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True my dad lived in England and everybody called him Paddy. He hated it and got in more scuffles to remind people his real name

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It really shows up people's ignorance. Like when you have a hard to pronounce foreign name but make NO effort to learn it and instead give them a western name. Totally disrespectful.

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Oh my god these are brilliant! I love the genius of nicknames like this, though for poor Aoife it wasn't a good one. We don't do creative names like that here - we just put an o on the end of everything, though there's a few rules. You'd definitely be Blanchy not Blancho.

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I am so glad that you can confirm that story. In case I ever run into Aine. Too funny and it reminded me of a story a friend told me about the first time she went to her hillbilly inlaws. I don't feel right to repeat it here though but I will tell you over a pint when we get over there.

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I love it that Scotland is the same as Ireland in their laziness for some nicknames. Bang a Y on the end of it and done. Most of my mates are something'y. Although there are some crackers, Like Fez who prematurely ejaculated with his first girlfriend and people found out and started calling him Fez after Tommy Cooper's hat because he came just like that

Ah, nicknames are magic!

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🤣🤣🤣Haha ww had a similar one on holidays when one of the girls was disappointed that our friend last around 1 minute. In fairness to our friend Martin she was pretty hot. He was given the nickname "gone in 60 seconds'a famous movie that was out at the time and that mutated into the car Nicolas Cage loved in the movie. So we called him Eleanor for the rest of the holiday.

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See that's the bit I love. Eleanor! When they mutate beyond the movie name. That's fecking awesome!

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Salty box, I love it. Yes us Irish do like our nicknames. My surname is Carr, so you imagine what I was called. Motor mouth was one, my lest favourite was Petrol Pussy, they would yell that at me as I walked done the corridor in Secondary school. Luckily it didn't stick lol. I was so embarrassed.
Love Aoife Shits as well lol xxxxx

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Petrol pussy? 😱😱😱😱
Jesus I'd be mad for a date with you with that nickname.

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Breakfast!!! What!😂😂
Nicknames on gravestones? Omg😂

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It's part of our culture @etemitee . Everyone has a nickname here. Good bad and ugly.

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Mehn!!!
I wonder what mine would have been if I lived there

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