I was talking to my neighbor this week. She was telling me about one of the properties in my development which she identified by the former owner. Neither of us know the current owner so it will forever be known by the name of someone who moved out two years ago. There is another house in the neighborhood that’s known by the name of the family who built it maybe 25 or more years ago. They’ve been gone the entire 17 years I’ve lived here. Several other families have lived there in the meantime yet the old name sticks.
Along the same concept, there was a popular drive-in ice cream place when I was a kid. It was located at a landmark intersection. It burned down in the early 1970’s. To this day when people give directions they say “turn left where the Copper Penny used to be.” Many people today weren’t alive when it was operating.
When I was a kid, people got weird nicknames. I remember “Legs” Weber. Yep, he was a great basketball player. There was Buppa (have no idea where that came from), Boogers (not related to Buppa and I’m not going to think about where that came from) and a slew of others. These are nicknames you wouldn’t give your pet. These folks were not famous rappers! Some were full grown adults (or at least full grown).
Women didn’t get weird nicknames as often. Most were a shortened variation of their given name. They were more likely to be given names behind their backs like Chubs or Hootchie Mama. What’s the fun in that?
Maybe it was a guy thing. Today children often have unique names. I wonder if they end up with nicknames or if their given name is weird enough to satisfy.
What stupid stuff do you wonder about?