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Thread #49257   Message #745036
Posted By: GUEST,Foe
09-Jul-02 - 08:35 AM
Thread Name: BS: British vs. American names
Subject: RE: BS: British vs. American names
My folks grew up in Maine and as kids,(early 1900s) I was told, everyone had a nickname that was not just shortening the given name. Mostly for boys. Three that come to mind were "Bulldog, Dung, and Peanut." My grandfather was "Bricktop" (red hair) and one son, my Uncle, was "Uncle Red" - same reason. Another uncle, Floyd, was "Ting" his whole life because he mispronouced "finger" as "tinger" when young. My father, Forrest, was "Fod" (another Forrest in his town was Fod) and one of his brothers was my "Uncle Fat." I'm a Junior but was called "Foe" my whole life although I went by "Junior" during one job when I was a teen and in college I was stuck with "Sage" for a few years. In my college fraternity (U of Maine) we gave everyone nicknames that stuck and are still used - "Mousety, C.J., Snot, Beatle, Rotten John." Anything comparable in the U.K.?