What’s in a nickname (redux)

Now for some more self indulgent tripe.

On the old website I asked, what exactly is in a nickname? They come from all sorts of influences and are derived from various circumstances (even random is a circumstance). Some people use them, some people don’t. It’s a very intricate system which definitely keeps me up the night and straight until morning.

There is one case that confuses me. The 1976 film Caddie details the life of a down-on-her-luck single mother of the same name, dealing with the depression. The problem is that her name isn’t really ‘Caddie’, it’s actually short for Cadillac, as in the car. Some random walks into the bar she works in and claims she’s as beautiful as the car he drives. Annoyed at first, she accepts it and uses it to the point where a later lover calls her by this name. Anyway…

 They are useful, screennames. No doubt some people don’t even use their regular nickname because they’re too personal (and others will use their full name). I tend to change peoples ‘nick’name all the time (by that, I mean names only I use), though it no doubt annoys people.


One Comment

  1. Posted 18 February 2006 at 12:15 pm | Permalink

    I like that you stay up late concerned about nicknames.

    It seems like a very MONish concern to have…