I was thinking about nicknames cos I was just talking earlier with my pal and we were saying how you sometimes get people who want a nickname but never get one, and vice versa, and then you get people who try to give themselves a nickname, and yet only they ever use it - it never catches on - and this gives them an image of being slightly pathetic.
Then you get the nicknames which by rights should be embarrassing, but which just seem to come through as cool. Like my brother, whose nickname is "Smello", cos when he was a little kid he used to pile up his dirty underwear and socks under his bed until they stank - but everyone still calls him it, and he wears it with pride.
Me, I've been called a few things... hm, but the only nickname that's stuck (to my chagrin initially, then I embraced it as you could see by my former avatar) was Garak, as in the DS9 character, which they started calling me in the office about a year ago. Oh, and Beavis, when I was a teenager, cos I used to laugh like the cartoon character, uhuhuh huh huh huhuh!
I want y'all to tell me (if you can bear to) what nicknames you've had in your life, and it'd be great to hear the stories behind them. If you haven't got any of your own, what about people you've known in the past? Teachers, bosses etc?
C'mon - spill!