Glawe's Outlook

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

What do you answer to?

Many people go by nicknames. Boys named after their fathers are often called Junior even after they grow up to be men are no longer juniors in height to their fathers. Not many daughters are given their mother's name but Juniorette would be a good name to call them.

Many given names are shortened up and I don't always understand why. Robert becomes Bob, Margaret becomes Peggy. I guess parents wanted a formal name for their kids but prefer to use the ever familiar nicknames perhaps because they do away with a syllable or two but in some of those cases, the nicknames are just as long as the formal names. What gives.

When I was in high school, my best friend and I did away with our second syllable and most everyone referred to us as Lor (Lorri) and Jod (Jody).

When we went to the same college after graduation, that's also what our new friends began to call us as well. One of those new friends was another Jodi. To keep them straight as we referred to them, it was Jod-y and Jod-i.

Our names were all on our dorm room doors and during the first week of school, some boy, armed with a Sharpie, invaded our floor and ran down the hall adding an "S" in front of everyone's names. The new Zorro, I guess.

Most of the names made no sense but mine, even as corny as it was, stuck. Slor. The girl across the hall was no longer Wendy but became Swen, with the second syllable dropped. We sounded kinda like Lena and Ole or something like that! Some of those college roommates still call me Slor after all these years.

When I got married, my husband and I got rid of our names and started calling each other "Hon." Our kids have heard us for all these years calling each other Hon that when they hear us call each other by our real names, which is not any too often, they burst out laughing. We DO have real names. They must have forgotten. To them we are just Mom and Dad (or Mr. and Mrs. Banker when financial assistance is needed.)

Our son Jordan was only 1 when we brought his sister Marissa home from the hospital and he transformed her name to Moo Moo. That nickname has stuck with her for 17 years. She has told us she doesn't care for the name, and while most of her friends no longer use the nickname, she allows her family to use it. Moo.

Austin was given the nickname "Itto Man" (Little Man) when he was very young, also by big brother while sister Marissa, only 3, dubbed him "Grandpa Floyd" as Great-grandpa Floyd had passed away only weeks before and Austin was given the name "Floyd" for his middle name.

When I began taking the kids to an in-home day care, Austin's name got transformed to "Oz", and most of the parents and the kids associated with that day care still call him Oz. It is a different pronunciation than the "Aus" we sometimes shorten his name up to at home.

Most of will answer to several different names - within reason. What do you answer to?