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Obscure or antiquated place Nicknames

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?
posted by srboisvert on Apr 5, 2016 - 37 answers

Six Will Enter the Ring...

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]
posted by CMcG on Aug 11, 2015 - 9 answers

Can Edward be more than Eddie the sparkling vampire?

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]
posted by McPuppington the Third on Oct 13, 2014 - 48 answers

O captain, fire of my loins!

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.
posted by Grandysaur on Nov 14, 2013 - 40 answers

Halifaximiles? Savannahoos? Knoxvillains? Minneapolice?

If people living in Laos are Laotian, then are those in Taos Taotians? [more inside]
posted by heyho on Feb 13, 2013 - 35 answers


What is the etymology of British nicknames ending in -zza/-zzer? [more inside]
posted by catlet on Nov 30, 2012 - 21 answers

Exact placement of nicknames?

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]
posted by The Confessor on Nov 6, 2012 - 5 answers

And that's why they call me "Adjective Noun" Surname.

Can anyone think of examples of well-known fictional characters or historical figures whose names fit the format [Adjective / Number] [Noun] [Surname]? [more inside]
posted by capricorn on Sep 23, 2012 - 57 answers

Nicknames. Just say no.

How do I tactfully ask people whom I don't know very well not to call me by a nickname? [more inside]
posted by Ziggy500 on Aug 10, 2012 - 32 answers

Beachbum and Beachcomber are taken - what's left?

Help me find a tiki name starting with B (that is not depressing). [more inside]
posted by mccn on Jul 12, 2012 - 47 answers

Nicknames on my Android

My phone is driving me nuts filter: How can I search by nickname on my HTC One S Android phone? [more inside]
posted by tavegyl on Jun 23, 2012 - 6 answers


What are good examples of City/Country/Place nicknames that natives never use? [more inside]
posted by Betelgeuse on May 21, 2012 - 89 answers

What does "yah soosah" and "yah habibti" mean in Arabic?

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!!! : )
posted by thatgirl1985 on Mar 26, 2012 - 13 answers

Food-based nicknames for ethnic or cultural groups

What are examples of ethnic groups being labelled or identified as an item of food (e.g. 'cracker')? [more inside]
posted by Slothrop on Feb 25, 2012 - 60 answers

Go get 'em, Tiger! -- more like this plz

What are some "pet" names that empower or show confidence in the named party? [more inside]
posted by fake on Feb 14, 2012 - 63 answers

If I were clever there would be a punny nickname here.

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]
posted by something something on Feb 13, 2012 - 11 answers

"I love you, bro."

He gets to call me "sis," but "bro" is taken by bros. What affectionate term can I call my brother? [more inside]
posted by Pwoink on Nov 29, 2011 - 70 answers

Nickname that store

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]
posted by Khazk on Nov 30, 2010 - 219 answers

Who is iLLuSioN?

I'm looking for info on iLLuSioN, probably based in Thailand, can anyone help?
posted by quarsan on Nov 4, 2010 - 9 answers

Gimme some nicknames. Dorks.

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]
posted by miss lynnster on Oct 5, 2010 - 214 answers

Abbott and Costello

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]
posted by micklaw on Jul 31, 2010 - 47 answers

Fucking Nicknames, How Do They Work?

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).
posted by l33tpolicywonk on Jul 29, 2010 - 76 answers

Mocking and Celebrating Chicago's Hoods via Slang

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]
posted by Juliet Banana on May 19, 2010 - 15 answers

Nickname for a 1950s character

Help me name a fictional character -- need nicknames for a college-aged man in the 1950s. Buzz, Scooter, Butch, Jughead, etc... [more inside]
posted by Cool Papa Bell on Oct 5, 2009 - 42 answers

Grandmother Filter

Grandmother filter: What do your grandchildren call you? [more inside]
posted by pamspanda on Jun 7, 2009 - 102 answers

What made-up names does your child use for favorite media?

What made-up names does your very young child call favorite movies, books, games, or television shows? [more inside]
posted by Mo Nickels on Jun 6, 2009 - 33 answers

Terms of Endearment

Children nicknamed "mommy" or "papa". What's the deal? [more inside]
posted by Sublimity on May 19, 2008 - 22 answers

Do you call your grandfather Bumpy?

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]
posted by 23skidoo on May 14, 2008 - 37 answers

The Gallows, aka...?

What nicknames are there for the gallows? [more inside]
posted by Karlos the Jackal on Jan 19, 2008 - 22 answers

How do I get people to get my name/gender right?

My odd to pronounce/gender-unusual name gives me lots of problems. How can I diplomatically solve all of them? [more inside]
posted by olinerd on Oct 15, 2007 - 46 answers

nicknames given as mangled pronunciations of real names

I'm looking for examples of nicknames given to people by family/friends who mangled the pronunciation of a given name. [more inside]
posted by Lucinda on Sep 11, 2007 - 110 answers

Opposite of Oreo?

Not About Cookies: What the opposite of an "oreo"? [more inside]
posted by chudmonkey on Aug 16, 2007 - 48 answers

What can an old lady call her man?

If I'm his old lady, does that make him my old man? [more inside]
posted by christinetheslp on Oct 24, 2006 - 50 answers

"We'll just have to see about that, sport."

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]
posted by dorothy humbird on Oct 12, 2006 - 115 answers

Looking up name variations

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]
posted by zixyer on Sep 28, 2006 - 5 answers

Help me find an annoying player name for a point-and-shoot computer game.

Help me find an annoying player name for a point-and-shoot computer game. [more inside]
posted by jeremias on Sep 15, 2006 - 67 answers

Pointy Haired Filter

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]
posted by gnomeloaf on Jun 7, 2005 - 37 answers

Pet Names

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?
posted by naomi on Jan 8, 2005 - 67 answers

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