November 30, 2012 8:11 AM Subscribe
What is the etymology of British nicknames ending in -zza/-zzer?
Jeremy Clarkson > Jezza
Paul Gascoigne > Gazza
Laurence Fox > Lozza
Bazzer in Lock, Stock, & Two Smoking Barrels
I'm trying to figure out what sorts of names get this treatment, and what the cultural "rules" are for applying it. It appears largely to be done with men's names that start with a consonant, though Harry Styles of One Direction is called "Hazza," so a glottal consonant seems to be sufficient. Some experts-on-the-Internet say this is a Cockney pattern, but I thought Cockney nicknames were more descriptive of person or occupation.
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