When I was in college, I became friends with a girl whose nickname, I thought, was "Duck." It turned out that her nickname was "Duct" given to her because she and her family had been held up in their home by robbers who used duct tape to bind them. (At the time, this was funnier than it sounds now.)
But I have realized recently that few people in my circle now have nicknames, unless they are shortened versions of their given names. Gosh, that's not the way it used to be. When I was growing up, nearly everyone had a nickname of some kind. It was both affectionate and needling, in some cases, but it helped you stand out as an individual. Maybe that's what Twitter and Facebook sign-on names can do now, though I rarely see anything other than a real name; I came across an "Orange Blossom" one time.
My sister and brother-in-law, who know everyone in our little hometown, are friends with "Catfish" (because he looks like one) and "Sweaty" (because he always is). But listen to this, my brother-in-law (whose own nickname is Fence Hopper from his days as a meter reader) personally knows (in addition to the aforementioned Catfish and Sweaty): Hoghead, Wrinkle Belly, Sweet Man, Little Man, Bones, Motus, Sock Eye, Wall Eye, Mouser, Doughboy, Stick, Doc, Snake, Slick, Truck, Tank, Bumpy, Lumpy, Sleepy, Stork, Daddy Rabbit [a side note, I went to high school with the Daddy Rabbit], Leach, Buddy, Bunky, Shooter, Easy, Easy Money, Cupcake, and Heavy Drop. I can only imagine how some of those nicknames came about.
Maybe it's a gender thing; maybe men tend to assign nicknames more than women. But I feel deprived; I want a new nickname. They have been "BB" and "Bill" for obvious reasons but that's just a little too boring for me. Thank heaven, though, that my last name isn't "Gunn" because I did hear of a person nicknamed "BB" Gunn when I growing up. I swear it's true.
I'm a little sad to think nicknames may be passing us by; the world needs a little fun. Let's have some fun.
What is your nickname? If you could choose your own, what would it be?