Nicknames

"A rose by any other name...." Towns have 'em, so do schools, universities, states and countries. And even planets. Not to mention politicians, famous criminals and sportsmen. And on the home front, many of your friends and relatives and pets have nicknames. A category dedicated to trivia such as how Robert became Bob; or how Margaret morphed into Peggy.

Asked by Aurelia Stracke in Names and Name Meanings, Nicknames

If you had to change your name, what would your new name be, and why would you choose it?

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Rick Charge. My friends and I came up with this in high school when I was mulling over legally changing my name. We thought it was simultaneously the coolest and lamest sounding name we'd ever heard. I still stand behind it.
Asked in History, Politics & Society, Nicknames

Why are people with surname Murphy called spud?

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There used to be a brand of patato called Murphy's grown in Ireland ever since people with the surname Murphy have been called spud. A spud is an Irish term for a patato
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What is a good nickname based on your name?

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My name is Marco Laurens Meijer. I want a nice German nickname and a nice British nickname, both based on my name, so I'll be ready for Battlefield Heroes.
Asked by Zane Blick in Police and Law Enforcement, Nicknames, Definitions

Why are police officers called "cops"?

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While it’s impossible to trace word origins definitively, the modern usage of "cop" seeps to derive from the word’s definition as a verb: "To get hold of; catch, capture," per Merriam-Webster. The noun evolved from the verb—police officers were "copping" criminals, and eventually, officers became "coppers," then simply “cops." There are other possible answers, but they’re not supported by any real evidence. One such theory: "Cop" is an acronym for "constable on patrol" or "citizen on patrol." Those are appealing ideas, but they’re probably just backronyms—acronyms created after the fact to explain an older idea. We searched Google Scholar for any references to "constable on patrol" from 1700 to 1900, and the only result appeared in 1894, long after the term “copper" was first used to describe police. Likewise, there’s no evidence that “copper" once referred to copper badges. The first known text to define "copper" as "police officer" was 1859’s Vocabulum: Or, The Rogue’s Lexicon. Here’s the book’s definition for "copped": COPPED. Arrested. "The knuck was copped to rights, a skin full of honey was found in his kick’s poke by the copper when he frisked him," the pick-pocket was arrested, and when searched by the officer, a purse was found in his pantaloons pocket full of money. Those are absolutely wonderful examples. Since this book is a reference text of sorts, we can assume that "copper" was in fairly regular usage by the mid-1850s. There you have it: "Copped" meant "arrested," and "coppers" were the officers that arrested people.
Asked in Nicknames

What is a good nickname for Isaiah?

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I like Ike for an older person or Ikey for a baby.
Asked in Barack Obama, Nicknames

What are Barack Obama's nickname?

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When he was growing up, he went through a period of time when he did not like the name "Barack," so he was called "Barry" during that time. But eventually, he made peace with the name and went back to being known as Barack, rather than Barry.
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What is a nickname for Iron?

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In chemistry Iron is given the symbol "Fe".
Asked in Famous Artworks, Nicknames

What altarpiece is nicknamed the world's most coveted masterpiece?

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The Ghent Altarpiece owns this title. Painted in the 15th century by the brothers Hubert and Jan van Eyck the actual title of the piece is "Adoration of the Mystic Lamb". Some sources call it the most stolen piece of art. The Calvinist's almost burned it during a riot, Napoleon stole it and Hitler coveted it. Thanks to the Monuments Men it was recovered from the Nazis. In 1934 one of it's 12 panels was stolen and has still not been recovered. Full of Catholic mysticism it resides at St. Bavo Cathedral.
Asked in Internet, YouTube, Nicknames

What should i name my youtube fan base if my name is Flimsey with an e?

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You could choose a name based on your name (perhaps some variation); or you could choose a name based on the purpose of the channel. Or some combination.