Think back about …

Nicknames

Nicknames can be a shortened form of your formal name, or have nothing to do with it. They can describe your personality or a physical characteristic, or - ironically - exactly the opposite (an “antiphrasis”). Think back … Whether a term of affection or something else, did you have a childhood nickname that stuck even when you’d outgrown it? If you still have a nickname, or have acquired a more recent one, do you embrace it or wish it would just go away? Share your nicknames stories forward.

Stories on This Week's Writing Prompt

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On Nicknames and Wearing Black at Funerals
To this day, I still have an array of non-names for my children.

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The Name Game
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Shirley, Shirley Bo-ber-ley, ba-na-na fanna Fo-fer-ley. fee fi mo-mer-ley, Shirley! No, that's not the name game I'm talking about.
In Her Memory
In westerns, Sarah was always the “good woman”, never a dance hall gal.
Loud and Abominable
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Henrietta was an awkward name for a tiny child ... so the family called her Yettie.
My Name is Barbara…
Barbi Benton pretty much owned the spelling of her name, and in the 80s, despite the fact that we had the same hairdo, I was [...]
A Rose by Any Other Name
Do I dare to gift myself with my true name of Lauren? Probably too late, and after all, no one calls me “Big Laurie” anymore. [...]
Mad Dog
Not surprisingly, I was called “Johnny” as a little kid.  Didn’t love it; didn’t hate it, but it [...]
What’s In a Name?
Shakespeare usually has something brilliant to say on a topic like this one: “What’s in a name?/A rose by any [...]
Call Me by Their Names
My parents named me Dana after two relatives they never knew – my father’s grandmother Dinah who perished in czarist [...]

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House Arrest
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Most of the conventional wisdom for caregivers comes down to putting yourself first, making time for yourself. To a large [...]
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Think back about …

Nicknames

Nicknames can be a shortened form of your formal name, or have nothing to do with it. They can describe your personality or a physical characteristic, or - ironically - exactly the opposite (an “antiphrasis”). Think back … Whether a term of affection or something else, did you have a childhood nickname that stuck even when you’d outgrown it? If you still have a nickname, or have acquired a more recent one, do you embrace it or wish it would just go away? Share your nicknames stories forward.

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