"God moves in mysterious ways, His wonders to perform..." William Cowper

Friday, October 5, 2012

Short and Sweet Friday: Names That Stick

We have a small table in our living room dubbed "the farm table." There is no farm in sight. No picture of a farm, or even toy cows around. But three years ago that was not the case. The kids had a Playmobile farm on this table, and now--and forever--it will be the farm table.

I was called Hogshead in middle school. More accurately, hos-sheed. Flattering isn't it? I had thought this was how to pronounce the word in seventh grade, and my friends didn't every let me forget it. (It was all in fun--that'll teach me to pronounce words correctly...)

My sister works as a nurse in an elderly care facility. She told me of a woman whose nickname is Twink. She didn't ask the story behind that, but my writer's mind is going to town on some ideas.

What are some things in your life that have names that stick? Do you have one of those names? Isn't it funny how each name, or nickname, has a story behind it?

12 comments:

  1. My dad used to call me weedie boo. Miss that sometimes when I think of him no longer here.

    A friend used to call me janitor in h.s. b/c I'd pick up whatever was left on our table, then wipe it down. I didn't want to leave a mess.

    ~ Wendy

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    1. Aww, so sweet about your dad, Wendy. And I like clean tables too. :)

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  2. My mind instantly goes to Laura Ingalls Wilder - Half-Pint. :) I had a whole bunch of nicknames growing up - my family gives everyone a nickname. I was Gabey, Gabes, Gabers, Gubers, Gube-er-ellie or just Gubes. *shape my head* Eventually my brothers took to calling me Guber Peas.

    My maiden name was VanRisseghem (it's a mouthful, but it's pronounced just as it's spelled: Van Riss eg hem). Try to say and spell that a couple thousand times as a child - although I did like it because I knew if there was another VanRisseghem in the world, they were related! Now, as a Meyer, my neighbor might have the same name and there's no relation! Anyway, this one time I tried to pronounce my last name for two ladies who just couldn't get VanRisseghem - eventually the one said to the other: "Did she just say Venison and Ham?" :)

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    1. lol Gabrielle! I enjoy having a unique last name too (both maiden--Anuszczyk, and married).

      Guber Peas...very cute.

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  3. Most people just call me Linz or Linds. In kindergarten, there was another Lindsey, spelled with an E. So the kids would say, "Well, to tell you apart, we'll call you Lindsey and you (me) Lind-SAY."

    It was really annoying when I was a kid. I was the bossy type who would correct and correct on the pronunciation...and the kids kept calling me that because it bothered me so much.

    My dad would call me Curly Head whenever I'd go to bed with rollers in my hair. Hehe. I was a bit of a drama queen and hated being teased.

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    1. I love that your name is spelled with an "a." It's totally unique, and you. ;)

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  4. Cute! I love those little Playmobil sets. :) We had a castle years ago. We never did a ton of nicknames growing up, but my hubby and I tend to give each other new ones often. Mine, apparantly, is Mama Boo Boo now. :)

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    1. Very cute and affectionate, Jill!

      That's two nicknames with Boo in them...Too Kill A Mockingbird is coming to mind. :)

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  5. Twink...Now that's a nickname. :) I never had a nickname attached to me, which in retrospect I'm realizing is a good thing. :)

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    1. Definitely, Sarah. Not fun being called Hogsheed when you're thirteen.

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  6. I like the sound of a farm table :) We think up lots of names but they come and go pretty quickly. Right now my 5-yr-old is Sweet Cheeks and we all call the little one Brookie Baby. In fact a lot of people do, which is going to be strange because she's growing up fast and won't be a baby for much longer :)

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    1. So cute, Cindy!

      Don't ask me how but I often call my little one (six years old now) My Little Schishkabob. Okay, pretty sure I spelled that wrong!

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