My family has a keen sense of humor. They do some weird things under the guise of humor. I remember my brother looking in the mirror as he was getting ready for a date and talking to the reflection. “You are one handsome fellow, you really are!” This is a relatively sane person who holds full conversations with the mirror.
One of the other things he was famous for is distortion of words to the point where his younger (much younger) sister would get confused as to what was the correct pronunciation. You probably did it in your family too. One of his favorites (especially in the discussion with the mirror person) was the phrase “suave and debonair.” He pronounced it “su-aave and de-bone-er.” In fact, everyone in the family pronounced it like that. I can only assume that they were being humorous rather than exhibiting a hillbilly background (not that there is anything wrong with hillbillies). Unfortunately, I used the phrase on my junior prom date. Never saw him again!
Some words get distorted because a young child cannot pronounce the correct word and then everyone starts to use the mispronunciation. My cousin Pat, who was slightly younger than me, could not pronounce spaghetti. She called it spis-getters. So we all called it spis-getters. I can tell you this kind of vocabulary severely limits your dating pool.
Many nicknames are started like this too. My oldest brother’s name is Joe. As a child I called him Joe-Joe which stuck for a long time. My theory is that he never answered on the first call but who knows. But that nickname isn’t as bad as some of the other kids in the neighborhood.
I don’t know why but boys don’t use regular names. My neighborhood included Dolph (that was his real name but who would name their child Dolph?), Legs (yep, he was a tall one), Booper (I have no idea why), Dikka (again no clue) and Stitch. All of these guys are now married older men. For guys, stupidity has no effect on dating and procreating. Bummer!