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#102776 - 05/07/03 10:22 AM (not so) endearing terms
of troy Offline
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Consuelo, (crossing thread) pointed out, her endearing term for her children: As a family joke between the ex an' me, we called ours "enanos tortuadores"... torturing midgets.

Dear Sparteye gave birth to "spawn of satan"--

my own kids were "goops"--from the book of the same name..

Jay Leno, in a jaywalking segment asked for 'endearing names', and one gentleman, not thin, but not grossly overweight commented his wife called him "tub o'lard"...

what wonderful names we have for our lovedones.. any other we wish to add? fess up, now!

my other obsession

#102777 - 05/07/03 12:39 PM Re: (not so) endearing terms
TheFallibleFiend Offline

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Loc: Virginia, USA

"C'mere, ya little toilet fish!"


#102778 - 05/07/03 01:47 PM Re: (not so) endearing terms
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"buck up, little donkey"

formerly known as etaoin...

#102779 - 05/07/03 01:54 PM Re: (not so) endearing terms
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"well, aren't you the World's Fair?!"

#102780 - 05/07/03 03:23 PM Re: (not so) endearing terms
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And the guy who called his girl "Crisco" because she was fat in the can.

#102781 - 05/07/03 09:01 PM Re: (not so) endearing terms
JohnHawaii Offline

Registered: 01/17/03
Posts: 171
Loc: Hawaii, USA
My dear Hedda (as in Purass)-- responded to with Alexander
(as in Dumass)

#102782 - 05/09/03 01:41 AM Re: (not so) endearing terms
RubyRed Offline

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"Fat Bottom Baby Bumpkin Booger Bear" (don't ask )

"Sugar Booger" (still don't ask)

"Vix Rub" = Vix = Vicky

"My Shoe" = Mashew = Matthew

"Goofball With a Capital G" (as opposed to a little g )

"Cookie Man" (job related)

"Wild Child" = (self explanatory)

My family has a weird habit of adding 'head' to a lot of nicknames:

"Mac Head" (every family member)

"Goof-head" (interchangable between family members)

"Spring-head" (a sort of paradoxical name, derived when said child fell on his head, time after time, seeming to "spring" up every time)

"Flat-head" (the child that *didn't* spring up every time.......)

"Coke-head" (the liquid kind)

"Orange-head" (kid loves orange juice)

"Horn-head" (as in little devil)




Then there are the rhyming nicknames.....not particularly unique or clever, but endearing to family and friends:

"Mandy Pandy"

"Carly Barly"

"Erica Bearica"

"Vicky Tricky"

"Carrie Cherrie"

"Scary Terry"

"Teener Wiener" (Tina)

"Jesse Messy"

"Austin Bosstin"

"Lyin' Bryan"

"Nancy Fancy"

"Patsy Fatsy"

Nancy and Patsy are twins.....and Patsy is not so fond of her rhyme....

Yeah, my family likes nicknames............

Then there is the couple my grandparents knew who were named Benita and Benjamin....when people called their home, asking for "Ben", their standard joke was to ask: "Ben Him or Ben Hur?" (Ben Him is deceased and Ben Hur lives in a nursing home, now)

#102783 - 05/09/03 06:05 AM Re: (not so) endearing terms
consuelo Offline
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In Mexico they say that the more nicknames you have, the more you are loved. A couple that are fairly standard throughout the culture are:
gorda/o (fatty)
vieja/o (old lady/old man)
The idea is not to attract the envy and wrath of the gods, thus when someone is precious to you, you pretend that they are not.
Another we used collectively for our kids was "mocos" (snots or boogers).
My daughter, Zoe, got tired of people asking her to repeat her name and by the age of 2, when asked what her name was, would respond "Zoe, ZETA OH EH"(one hand on hip) so, of course she became "Zeta". My son, Nicolás, was a fan of the local clown TV program, "Nico Lico", and the whole family [50+ members. We never could get an accurate count]called him that. His middle name is Emiliano and we sometimes called him Nicolás Emiliano Zapata S*** P*****. He would introduce himself as such, too. As a matter of fact, in his senior yearbook, he gave that as his full name.

#102784 - 05/09/03 09:06 AM Re: (not so) endearing terms
TheFallibleFiend Offline

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Loc: Virginia, USA

"Mocos" I love. Can't wait to try that out on my youngest, who is also called anna banana, poophead, and "my microscopic nugatory baby."

We sometimes add head to names, but more often add butt. "Daddy-butt", "Amy-butt", etc.


#102785 - 05/09/03 09:15 AM Re: (not so) endearing terms
Jackie Offline

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Well--what about AsP? My opinion: nicknames can and do indicate affection, but. On this subject, I agree with the people who say that disparaging nicknames are an indication of hidden hostility. On the occasions when I use some not-nice-sounding name, I have made sure (or tried to) that the recipient knows I am trying to be funny--and I never do it repeatedly. The chance for hurt is too high. This is one thing that I have absolutely no sense of humor about.

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