One thing about nicknames is that they cannot be chosen by oneself. (Ask Howard "Fruit Loops" Wolowitz). Nicknames say a lot about who a person truly is, as well as the relationship between the person and the name-bestower. Some we are proud of, some just stick.
Do you find it odd that there are so many more than ten, that I can rank them? Well, let's just say I had an older brother growing up. "Ratface" did not make my top ten. Here are the ones that did:
I include this one because it is obvious, although was rarely used until my books were published. I had one friend in middle school who called me T.C. I really wished for it to catch on, but since the "T" was my first name, and the "C" was my last name (now my maiden name), not too many others thought of it.
9. Pepper Shaker-
This was from a college friend who gave me probably about half the names on this list. It's only at #9 because I can't remember what it meant! I do know that somehow it illustrated my friendship with this dear girl. It came about in the dining hall, and a pepper shaker must have been all we had available.
I am not crazy about this name either, but because it comes from my childhood best friend (and now, her husband as well), I can only smile when I hear it. The reason I don't care for it is because it came from a poem she made up about me. A poem that started, "Twacy Wacy was a bear. Twacy Wacy had no hair..." See my point?
Of course, this is the name my husband calls me. It's not unique, but it seems to be the universal spouse name. Since I tend to usually call him "Sweetie" instead, our Honey/Sweetie team has given a few laughs to our fellow teammates on our softball team.
A college friend (yes, the same one) gave me this one in school after watching me do a happy dance. You know how all the Charlie Brown characters point their noses straight up in the air when they are dancing or happy? I used to do that. My nose is about a Peppermint Patty equivalent.
5. Odie (Garfield the cat's long time pal)-
Same college friend. She must have been watching a lot of cartoons those days. This one came from the truth that I can be a bit clueless at times. Though, honestly, I really wished my physics professor had not forgotten my real name in place of this one. (Yes, he would call on "Odie" in class. In physics class.)
4. Clavin (as in "Cliff Clavin" from the TV show Cheers)-
This one actually caught on. You know why? I'm not sure I should actually admit it, but it really does quite fit. I know a lot of dumb trivia facts and am happy to bring them out in social gatherings. It's really a shame that I'm proud of that.
Up until second grade, my dad used to say I was a little peanut. I was probably average size for a 6/7 year old, but I can remember many a theater seat that I had trouble keeping unfolded to sit in properly. I have always loved the idea of being small, especially when I got bigger. And this was much better than the name my dad issued to me thereafter. (Pudge.)
2. Trace Utley-
If I could put this name on a trophy, I would. My wonderful softball teammates in recent years gave me this one when I had a good day playing second base. Since Chase Utley is my favorite Phillie, I was terribly honored.
1. Dust Buster-
High school softball. The good old days. As a catcher, nothing meant more to me that my teammates felt that nothing got by me, that I sucked it all up like a dust buster. (Or maybe when your last name is "Custer," your options are limited.)
What are some nicknames YOU have had?
Because I love even numbers and lists!