"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 in Name Origins, Richard Nixon, Nicknames
Why is Dick a nickname for Richard?
a man named richard from the 40s or 50s nick named dick because he was a Detective named Richard aka DICK RICK The name Richard is very old and it's true origins may well be lost in the depths of time past. 'Richeard' is a name from Old English where 'Ric' meant ruler and 'heard' meant hard. In those days of yore, before word-processors, everything was written down and abbreviations became common and agreed upon. Also in the 13th century rhyming slang became popular so Richard becomes Rich and eventually Rick which rhymes with Dick. Much like William - Will - Bill. 'Dick' eventually, like 'Jack', came to mean all men as in "every Tom, Dick, or Harry". Shakespeare uses "every Tom, Dick, or Francis" in Henry IV Part I.
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?
Asked in Maine, History of the United States, Nicknames
What is Maine's nickname and how did it get it?
Why is Chicago called the Windy City?
Chicago was nicknamed the Windy City not for the wind but for the politicians and city boosters who were full of "hot air." The specifics of this are somewhat in contention. Here are a few versions: Supposedly when Chicago hosted the world fair, the then mayor boasted about it so much that it became known as the Windy City. Chicago is the Windy City because of the Chicago Tribune. The editor of the Chicago Tribune was trying to promote the city as a summer resort and used the lakes breeze as one of its attractions. Chicago was in competition with New York City for the World's Fair (the one Frank Lloyd Wright debuted in), and the NYC papers called the Chicago pols "windy" in their presentations to win the exhibition. (Chicago won.) I forget the exact name of the writer who coined the phrase, but it stems from all the politicians in Chicago. The writer quipped that all the politicians talking was like a big wind blowing through the cities. The name stems from political bantering that took place between Chicago and New York over who would host the World's Fair. Here is a more extended explanation: Popular myth has it that this nickname for the Chicago was coined by Charles Dana, the editor of the New York Sun, in 1893. Chicago was competing with New York to host the 1893 Columbian Exposition, and Dana allegedly coined the name as a derogatory moniker. Supposedly the term is not a reference to the winds off Lake Michigan as one might suppose but rather refers to the Chicagoan habit of rabid boosterism and shameless boasting. To a New Yorker like Dana, Chicago was full of hot air. The story simply isn't true. The name dates to at least 1885 and clearly refers to the breezes off the lake. 1885 references include "city of winds" as well as "Windy City." This isn't new information, either. Mathew's Dictionary of Americanisms, published some 50 years ago, includes an 1887 quotation about the Windy City, but the myth persists--largely due to newspaper reporters and editors who repeat the tale without checking the facts.
Asked in Teen Dating, Nicknames
What is a good nickname for my boyfriend Samuel?
Asked in New York City, Nicknames
How did NYC get the nickname Gotham?
The name Gotham first appeared as a reference to New York in a book by Washington Irving in 1809. The book was a comic history of the Dutch regime in New York titled A HISTORY OF NEW YORK (by the imaginary 'Dietrich Knickerbocker), who was supposed to be an eccentric Dutch-American scholar. The book became part of New York folklore, and eventually the word Knickerbocker was also used to describe any New Yorker who could trace one's family to the original Dutch settlers. Irving is best known for writing The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Rip Van Winkle. "Gotham" was the name of a particular parrish (then town) in Nottingham, UK. In the 16th century, its residents had a reputation for daftness or madness. People would ironically liken someone to the 'wise men of Gotham', meaning of course the opposite. Early on in New York City's history (Early 1800's), British visitors would often liken NYC to the mad town of Gotham, due to the "mad ways" of its inhabitants (at least from their point of view). The nick name of Gotham stuck for NYC, and was used well up into the 20th century where it gradually began to fall out of use in favor of more positive homegrown nicknames like "The Big Apple".
Asked in Name Origins, Sign Language, Nicknames
What kind of nickname could be made from the word cat?
Asked in Countries, States, and Cities, Nicknames
Which country is known as 'the sugar bowl of the world'?
Asked in Nicknames
What are some nicknames for Rodney?
Rod. Since this is my name, you'd think I had the answer of a more common short name or nickname for Rodney but that's why I'm here, after all. I was curious if there was another nickname, maybe used more widely in other countries or something. I doubt this counts but my friends often just substitute famous people for a nickname and call me: Rodney Dangerfield, Rodney King, Rod Stewart, etc.
Where did Jarhead come from?
It is believed to have been granted them by the US Navy who implied that their scalps were smooth and shiny like a Mason Jar and that the jar was quite empty. It was intended as a derogatory slur, but became an honored part of Marine Corps Tradition. Marines do not take it as a put-down, and rather like the term. For Marines few things are of greater importance then the location of the bayonet lug on the newfangled rifle and which direction is the enemy.
Asked in US Army, US Marine Corps, Nicknames
Marine is called jarhead what do you call an army guy?
If a company states that you are guilty of cheating what proof do they have to show?
A company that accuses an employee of stealing, cheating on books, etc., has got to have proof! If any machinery, tools, etc., have been stolen from the company (any files, etc.) unless they have that person on tape the company doesn't have a case! They can't make a false statement and if you are not guilty I suggest you see a lawyer and sue the company. If you don't this will show on your record for further employment and ruin your future. If you are guilty then bite the bullet! In general in the US you have to be charged with theft and convicted, or admit guilt, in order to be fired. For less serious charges, like cheating on the mileage on your expense report, if they can document it you'll be fired for lying. It is highly unlikely that any company execs. would accuse an employee of wrong doing if they did not have sufficient evidence to support the claim. They are however, not required to submit the evidence to the accused unless or until it becomes a matter of the court. The "proof" would obviously depend upon what type of position the accused held, such as working in accounting/bookeeping, sale of goods or services, and so forth. If the person is fired and they believe it to be unjustified it is their responsibility to obtain legal advice or representation or to handle the disputed firing "pro se". An employer can fire you for any reason - good, bad or unproven - that does not violate a statute or a contract. An employer need not ever "prove" or explain a decision or discipline to an employee (if you are unionized, the employer explains to the union). Proof is a word for the courtroom, where there are standards of proof. Employers who want to have employees' trust should gather "relevant and credible evidence" before disciplines.