While reading this article on buried German WWII saboteur treasure in the Catskills I came across the name "Borscht Belt" for the Catskill Mountains. What other interesting defunct (or still funct) colloquial nicknames do you know for geographical regions?
I am (F, 32) celebrating my marriage and have a bridal party made up of 5 of my best friends. I am getting them each an individual gift and am also going to get them each a super soaker and a tshirt with their "nickname" on it. The nickname part is where you come in. Think roller derby pun names. [more inside]
My husband and I are expecting our first child, a boy, in December. We're struggling with the name issue (of course). We really want to name him Edward (I love the name and it has a family connection). But there are a couple of issues with nicknames and possible negative associations. [more inside]
What are some flattering address from classic literature? My two examples (and the extent of my list) are Walt Whitman's "O Captain! My captain!" and "...light of my life, fire of my loins!" from Lolita. Both are very fun things to call Mr. Grandysaur. BUT I WANT MORE. I'm looking for grandiose, recognizable, turns of phrase that I can use to address those that are worthy. The more ridiculous the better.
If people living in Laos are Laotian, then are those in Taos Taotians? [more inside]
What is the etymology of British nicknames ending in -zza/-zzer? [more inside]
As a rule, when writing out a woman's full name in a formal manner, should the nickname, if present, be positioned just before the maiden name, or just before the most recent (married) name? Example: Jacqueline Lee "Jackie" Bouvier Kennedy Onassis vs. Jacqueline Lee Bouvier Kennedy "Jackie" Onassis. [more inside]
Can anyone think of examples of well-known fictional characters or historical figures whose names fit the format [Adjective / Number] [Noun] [Surname]? [more inside]
How do I tactfully ask people whom I don't know very well not to call me by a nickname? [more inside]
Help me find a tiki name starting with B (that is not depressing). [more inside]
My phone is driving me nuts filter: How can I search by nickname on my HTC One S Android phone? [more inside]
What are good examples of City/Country/Place nicknames that natives never use? [more inside]
My dear Egyptian friend calls me "Yah Soosah" and "Yah Habibti." What does this mean? I'm pretty sure these are terms of endearment, but what do they mean? She said "yah soosah" is an old Egyptian word. Help me figure out the meaning of my new pet names. Thank you!!! : )
What are examples of ethnic groups being labelled or identified as an item of food (e.g. 'cracker')? [more inside]
What are some "pet" names that empower or show confidence in the named party? [more inside]
Within specific geographic areas, do lawyers and judges really have secret nicknames given to them by cops and journalists (and each other) that are plays on their real names? Or do people do this in the industry in which you work? [more inside]
He gets to call me "sis," but "bro" is taken by bros. What affectionate term can I call my brother? [more inside]
Rotten Ronnie's/GreaseDonLo's, Crappy Tire, Tar-gét, Wally World, Value Village (a la Phoebe "Néstlé TollBooth"), StupidStore, and more! What are your family's favorite colloquialisms for these and other "reputable" establishments? [more inside]
I'm looking for info on iLLuSioN, probably based in Thailand, can anyone help?
My (male) friend and I tend to flippantly call each other insulting nicknames for fun, kinda as a Jr. High flirty thing. Started with "Brat," then "Loser," then "Dork," then Turd." I need to switch it up and would like to have a list of totally impressive alternatives to pull out of my back pocket to throw him off guard when he least expects it... I need to get more creative and clever. [more inside]
Help me come up with nicknames for my two boys; the 2 year old is a fiery, crazy redhead and the 3 1/2 year old is smart and sensitive. [more inside]
What are some musicians / other artists whose stage names contain single letters, as in Violent J or Jay-Z? Bonus points if we can get through the entire alphabet (or most of it).
Please help me research and invent nicknames for the neighborhoods of Chicago. Examples include Wrigleyvile, Hans Christian Andersonville, The Crotch, Wes Andersonville, and El Crotcho. [more inside]
Help me name a fictional character -- need nicknames for a college-aged man in the 1950s. Buzz, Scooter, Butch, Jughead, etc... [more inside]
Grandmother filter: What do your grandchildren call you? [more inside]
What made-up names does your very young child call favorite movies, books, games, or television shows? [more inside]
Children nicknamed "mommy" or "papa". What's the deal? [more inside]
How common is the title "Bumpy" for a grandfather? Like "Grampa Joe" or "Peepaw Frank"... do you say/understand the usage "Bumpy Jackson" for a grandfather? If so, where did you grow up? [more inside]
What nicknames are there for the gallows? [more inside]
My odd to pronounce/gender-unusual name gives me lots of problems. How can I diplomatically solve all of them? [more inside]
I'm looking for examples of nicknames given to people by family/friends who mangled the pronunciation of a given name. [more inside]
Not About Cookies: What the opposite of an "oreo"? [more inside]
If I'm his old lady, does that make him my old man? [more inside]
I'm in search of more classic chummy/fatherly nicknames (sport, champ) to throw about with my S.O., what've you got? [more inside]
I find myself often having to look up several lists of names in a database. I would like to automate the process, but the problem is I'm usually given a nickname or variant on a person's full name (i.e. I'm given "Jim" and the name is "James" in the database). [more inside]
Help me find an annoying player name for a point-and-shoot computer game. [more inside]
I seek examples of unusual or funny nicknames people in your places of employment have given other people, and how they came to be. [more inside]
Inspired by this thread, in which someone confessed to using the same pet name for her dog and boyfriend, I simply must know: What sick-making nicknames do y'all call your spouses, partners and kids?