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Thread #89865   Message #1702359
Posted By: Azizi
25-Mar-06 - 02:36 AM
Thread Name: BS: 'Mudcat' and other Unusual Nicknames
Subject: RE: BS: 'Mudcat' and other Unusual Nicknames
Quarcoo, thanks for the interesting glimpse of nicknaming practices in Ghana!

Would you be willing to share what your nickname "jo kusi" means?

Also, you wrote that "a name like "killer" [could run] through the year groups so you have a 1st,2nd and 3rd year student all called killer". My question is how do other students distinquish one student from another who has the same nickname? Is another name or discription attached to it, for instance "little killer" or "terrible killer"? And am I correct in assuming that "killer" is considered a positive name?

I would imagine that a person would not choose a negative nickname for him or her self, but aren't negative nicknames given to people by others?

And just for the sake of curiousity, if you care to respond without getting yourself in difficulty, what are the name and nickname of the "minister of state who had his nickname attached to his official name"?

With regard to so many of the names starting with "K", I believe you are referring to Ghanaian day names as listed in this website:
http://home.wxs.nl/~degenj/ghana1/gh-names.html

Please let us know if the information given on that website is correct. Thank you.

Btw, persons interested in this subject might also want to read and contribute to this Mudcat thread:

Naming Practices & Ceremonies