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Saturday, August 19, 2017

Terms of Endearment

Bare Blue Stringam
Note: To me, nicknames are exactly what the title suggests: terms of affection and endearment.
Both of my parents served in the 4-H calf club in our community.This duty included attendance at the club's annual summer retreat.
I know you are wondering what this has to do with nicknames. Wait for it . . .
Because both of my parents were going on the 4-H trip, all of their children had to come along.
Because.
My brother, Blair, was two. A happy, friendly little boy. Who didn't always spit out his words clearly.
One young man, a member of the club, asked the smiling little towhead his name.
"Blair Lewis Stringam."
"What?"
"Blair Lewis Stringam.
"Admittedly, it came out sounding something like 'Blairloostringam'.
But I digress . . .
"Bare Blue Stringam?"
"No! Blair Lewis Stringam."
"Okay. Bare Blue Stringam."
And just like that, he had a nickname. Which still is in force today, even though he is in his fifties and a college professor.
Ahem . . .
My Grampa, George Stringam had a younger brother who couldn't pronounce Grampa's name 'George' clearly. It came out "Dard."
Thus, his nickname. Dard.
Which my brother, George, inherited the moment he was born.
'Dard', he remains.
My daughter, Tiana, was learning to spell her name. She wrote the letters 'T', 'I' and 'N' properly. But her 'A's' had the lines on the wrong sides, thus disguising them as 'B's'.
Her second oldest brother, Erik was looking at a sheet of paper she had been practicing on. "Who's Tibnb?" he asked.
A name we call her to this day.
My eldest daughter was . . . bouncy. She hopped everywhere. We called her 'Tigger Pie'.
A lot.
So much so, that on her first day of school, she insisted it was her real name.
Oops.
I, myself have been through several incarnations of my name as told here.
My MIL didn't agree with nicknames. "Why," she would ask, "do people choose perfectly good names for their children, then go out of their way to call them something else entirely?!"  Why, indeed. . .

8 comments:

  1. Because Tigger Pie looks funny on your birth certificate when you are in your seventies.

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  2. A friend's parents gave their children names they believed could not be shortened (Ian and Fiona). They were wrong.

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    1. My sister did the same with her Owen. Yeah, that didn't work . . .

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  3. My younger daughter had trouble learning to pronounce here name so from the time she was two she was known by the nearest approximation she could say. My youngest, a boy, is known as "The Boy" still even though he is now 36.

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  4. I call all males "buddy" and all females "missy" when I'm not using their real names. No imagination at all!!

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    1. Yeah. I'm pretty much stuck with Sweetheart, or Sweet Pea. Sigh.

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