Thursday, May 10, 2012

What's in a Name?

This is where I admit that I am one of those obnoxious people who comes up with slightly strange/awkward nicknames for her friends.  Sometimes, it's just a shortening of a peep's name.  Like changing Cindy into a Cinn.  Or my computer friend Abby, I sometimes call Abs, just to see if she rises to the bait.  (she ignores it...for the most part)

Then, there are the somewhat odd names I come up with.  I used to call Zach, my art buddy in high school, Za. Not Z, but Za (pronounced ZUH)...because that's how I roll.  My best Florida friend is now referred to as "Old Lady".  She's a year younger than my mom, so...you know...she's OLD. 

Others get nicknames that have to do with how we met, especially if I need to differentiate them from someone else I know with the same first name.  Example: Jeremy the Mechanic is not the same as Jeremy My Cousin who is completely different from Jeremy from Jersey.  (yes, that is how they are listed in the contacts list on my phone)

And, of course, there is my friend F***ing Mark.  Trust me.  There's a story behind his nickname, but as it paints me as a bit of a dumbass and isn't all the interesting, I'll refrain from sharing that little tidbit.

So, is it any wonder that my characters all end up with little nicknames for each other, when I have such a penchant for them myself?  In ALWAYS & FOREVER, Mia (my MC) called Kal (her friend/boyfriend) Kallie more often than not.  Her little brother Ben turned into a Benj or a Benji as well as her friend Erica morphing into a Ricki/Rick.   And in HATE CRIME, my on-again/off-again WiP, everyone but my MC calls Alex by his nickname, Frodo. 

Yep, I think it's fair to say I have a thing for nicknames.  Sometimes, I go overboard, but hey, I like it:)  What about all you, fun friends?  What is your stance on nicknames?  Do you label your friends/family/enemies/strange-stalker-guys-down-the-street with endearments?  Do you have one of your own, mayhaps an unfortunate one you wish you didn't own?  Do share ;)