WHAT HAPPENED TO NICKNAMES, SLIM?

Slim, Fats Domino, Big Bopper, Jay Z, Godfather, stretch, Ted Williams, “The Splendid Splinter, Golden Boy, Shad, Fish, skeeter, porky. These were some of the nicknames I grew up with. Whatever happened to them?

While growing up many of my friends and the town’s people had nicknames. It was like an honor to have one, even though it might not have been flattering at times.

Sadly, nicknames seem to be on the outs, and their may be a good reason according to a recent Reader’s Digest story. According to the article, back in my Day the pool of names was relatively small. In 1950 for example, their were only 10,000 names on the Social Security list of those given to five or more babies.

In 2018, it was over 32,000. An expert on names claims, “With more people named John in the same classroom, company, and even family, it became necessary to come up with ways to tell them apart which could mean calling them Big John or JJ, or J-Man.

Now you know the story behind the headlines. Today parents give their names kids so their ain’t no-way another child will have that name. And a nick name is appropriate because you can’t pronounce their given names.

WHAT ARE SOME OF THE NICK NAMES YOU REMEMBER GROWING UP?

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