I am a nickname giver, name shortener type of person.
I really cannot help myself, even though I know that not everyone in the world necessarily likes this… I do it with everyone! Even if I hardly know you, I *will* shorten your name to a nickname… it is like an addiction of mine… I love the challenge of shortening names that cannot normally be shortened or if it is a name that absolutely cannot be shortened will delight in giving you a nickname that I will end up always calling you by… as I said it is an addiction, one I cannot stop…
I myself don’t mind when people shorten my name – I mean I am only ever called “Samantha” when I am in deep you know what, and most people call me Sam anyway, but I have been called things like Sammy (erm not my favourite by the way), Samson, Sammy Joe, Sambuca, Samsung, Samantha-FOXy-lady and Lizard. As you can see most of the nicknames I have been given are derived from my original name, except for Lizard. That special one is reserved for my sister “Mozi” to call me… I got it one long time ago holiday in Port Elizabeth when I got terribly sunburnt and peeled literally from head to toe. Lizard it was – shedding my skin. She does not call me it that often anymore but somtimes it slips out.
The point of this drivel is to ask – do you also shorten names and give nicknames? Do you like having nicknames given to you? Or do you want to punch people like me in the face? What is your bestest nickname ever given to you or conversely your worst?