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The Nickname Meme

Here's one I just thought of - please propagate this via your own journals.
Tell me about one of your most interesting nicknames. It can be telling, whimsical, romantic, zany, or even an epithet if you feel like sharing. Explain who first coined it and when. Do you like it? Why or why not?

Some family members call me by a couple of very odd nicknames: xu3 tong3 (Hsu-bucket, a name I invented for myself when I was 4 or 5) and gan1 bien3 niu2 rou4 si1 (Dried and Flattened Beef Jerky Strips, because I was extremely skinny as a child from having a picky appetite and refusing to eat most meat, and because I was born under the Chinese zodiacal sign of the Ox).

ETA, 02:25 CDT Sat 23 Apr 2005 - I should mention that I always thought of this nickname as being a good descriptor of myself. I don't think I ever even laughed at it; it's just always felt uniquely my own.

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Gan Bien Niu Rou Si

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kauricat
Apr. 7th, 2005 09:01 pm (UTC)
Dried and Flattened Beef Jerky Strips

That is the greatest nickname I have ever heard. You win. :)
sze
Apr. 7th, 2005 11:25 pm (UTC)
haha.. it's even funnier if you know mandarin.
banazir
Apr. 8th, 2005 12:15 am (UTC)
Yep!
Plenty more where that came from... :-D

Who's the supa-qyoot doggie?

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Banazir
banazir
Apr. 8th, 2005 12:16 am (UTC)
I am win!
Yay. LOL

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Banazir
kauricat
Apr. 7th, 2005 11:09 pm (UTC)
Okay, I'll play. When I was a wee girl my father called me "Pooker." I'm not really sure where it came from. He called my sister "Goober Mouse."

Also, my father liked to give my sister and I collective nicknames. We have been known as "The Doglets" (Doglet #1 and Doglet #2), "The Piddlies," and "Mangy and Grungy."
banazir
Apr. 8th, 2005 06:15 am (UTC)
LOL
Cute. How did you get the doggie nicks?

Are you a twin?

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Banazir
kauricat
Apr. 8th, 2005 02:40 pm (UTC)
Re: LOL
Nope, not a twin, though there was a time when she and I were in high school that we were nearly identical (if my sister put on a dark wig). We discovered this by accident around Halloween one year and it was HILARIOUS. Mom couldn't tell that my sister wasn't me. Too bad that didn't last.

Anyway, the Doglet nickname. I was away at church camp (I know, I know, it's like, "This one time? At band camp?"), sometime between 1984 and 1988 and my mother was writing a letter to me. My sister could read but had not yet learned cursive writing, and she was trying to read over my mother's shoulder. When my mother wrote "Dearest Daughter Number 1" (I'm the oldest, not the favorite) in cursive, my sister said, "Doglet Number 1?? What is a Doglet??!!" She was very concerned about it. So since then we've been Doglet #1 and #2.

I realized later that I didn't complete your meme. I should say that I don't mind any of these nicknames (not even the "Mangy and Grungy" one, 'cuz he's totally kidding). I like nicknames in general. I like the feelings of familiarity and affection that have usually accompanied the nicknames I have been given.

Interestingly, I'll more readily accept a nickname than having someone shorten my name by one syllable and change the new last syllable to end in an "ee" sound. Like, if one's name is "Amanda" and someone shortens it to "Mandy," or one's name is "Barbara" and someone shortens it to "Barbie." For some reason I just don't like that version of my name. I prefer either the whole shebang or, if it must be shortened, just the first syllable.
banazir
Apr. 23rd, 2005 07:27 am (UTC)
Doglets! ROFLOL!!!
That's even funnier than Beef Jerky Strips!

I like nicknames in general. I like the feelings of familiarity and affection that have usually accompanied the nicknames I have been given.
Same here.

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Banazir
auriam
Apr. 8th, 2005 02:08 am (UTC)
Dried and flattened beef jerky.. *drools*.. yum.. with teriyaki flavor.. double yum.. your name is delicous.
banazir
Apr. 8th, 2005 02:09 am (UTC)
Slim Jim Hsu
Eeeek! *runs away*

What is your nickname, then? :o)

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Banazir
yodge
Apr. 8th, 2005 05:10 am (UTC)
Re: Slim Jim Hsu
slim jims are FOUL... just proves that murkians will eat nazthing when they'se drunk...
yahvah
Apr. 8th, 2005 05:17 am (UTC)
Re: Slim Jim Hsu
I think slim jims are quite tasty.
banazir
Apr. 8th, 2005 06:08 am (UTC)
Re: Slim Jim Hsu
I think I may have tasted a bit of one before, but to my knowledge, I have never eaten a whole Slim Jim in my life. From what I can see they're not quite sausage, very dry, yet greasy. I have eaten similar bits of Chinese sausage snacks and quit before I ingested a lethal dose of preservatives.

As far as snack foods go, my weakness is dried (or fried) tofu skins. Greasy, high in sodium and sugar, and just... mmmm.

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Banazir
burkhardt
Apr. 8th, 2005 07:20 am (UTC)
Re: Slim Jim Hsu
The idea of lethal preservatives is funny to me. I'll post my nickname(s) tomorrow when I not ready for bed (comcasts outtage tonight kept me from doing it once I got home like I planned).
banazir
Apr. 23rd, 2005 07:35 am (UTC)
Lethal dosage of preservatives
Oh, man. You haven't heard the half of it - once, the mayor of Taiwan dumped a load of preservative-laden dried tofy snacks in the river, to prove a point about the impact on consumers. Massive fishkill. Up with FDA, down with EPA...

Didja ever post the nicknames?

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Banazir
yahvah
Apr. 8th, 2005 08:28 am (UTC)
lmao @ lethal dose of preservatives
They're all beef, as far as I know. I do like tofu quite a bit, but I didn't grow a taste for it until I started eating sushi/sashimi more regularly. Most places in Austin serve Miso soup for free with an order of sashimi. That's good stuff.
banazir
Apr. 8th, 2005 08:44 am (UTC)
Miso soup
Hey, I'm impressed! Especially after Oprah Winfrey dissed miso (I have to admit, though, that Gwyneth Paltrow didn't make a great case for it).

Miso is like marmite, I suppose (I haven't tried the latter): you have to try it to be convinced, and any description is only going to make you more skeptical.

I eat sushi (with cooked salmon, carrots and celery julienne, omelette strips, rice, and some pork sung), but have never had sashimi. In fact, I've never had raw fish at all.

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Banazir
yodge
Apr. 8th, 2005 08:58 am (UTC)
Re: Miso soup
NEVER HAD RAW FISH!!??

how is we supposed to becomes a good gollum, then, eh?!

horrors!!

COOKED FISH?!?

Raw salmon is diviiiiine. i could eat it every single day. YUM.
banazir
Apr. 9th, 2005 08:27 am (UTC)
Goond gollum!
NEVER HAD RAW FISH!!??
how is we supposed to becomes a good gollum, then, eh?!

Um... I dunno.
Why is I s'posed to become a gollum, nazwaz?

horrors!!
COOKED FISH?!?

Yee! Heathen Murkians!

Raw salmon is diviiiiine. i could eat it every single day. YUM.
Thrying to remember if I ever tried this. Maybe a tiny, tiny bit, in Alaska.

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Banazir
yodge
Apr. 9th, 2005 02:00 pm (UTC)
Re: Goond gollum!
Why is I s'posed to become a gollum, nazwaz?

It's the nexxt step in a bobbit's revolution!!
banazir
Apr. 23rd, 2005 07:33 am (UTC)
X-Hobbits: Revolution
Knot this hobbit!

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Banazir
banazir
Apr. 8th, 2005 06:05 am (UTC)
Re: Slim Jim Hsu
slim jims are FOUL... just proves that murkians will eat nazthing when they'se drunk...
Did aye saz aye've eaten a Slim Gym afore?
I've noly had goond, wholesome Taiwanese beef jerky1, with enerf perservatives to induce massive fishkill when dumped! Yay!

1 Wlokay, it isn't rilly Taiwanese. It's labeled in Chonese with "Produit de Les Etats Unis" onnit. :-P

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Banazir
(and I never been drunkn, either)
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