These are older folks--b. I've definitely seen this too. I know this is off topic but I've been reading this blog for several months and would love to get the NE's input on the name dilemma my husband and I are having. He was the smallest guy in an all male dorm and the first day one of the older guys said "I'm giving you a nickname and it's going to stick: I'm not sure when she grew out of it. As a teacher, I was thinking that this was a good way to talk to students about language being social.
Why do you think that is?
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I don't know the reasons for either of those, though In highschool, I knew a fuzzy. My dad was nicknamed "Mooch" as a child because he was always mooching things off his older sisters. This nn went so far that he named his son Pat Jr. I was actually thinking about this recently. Remember when a kid could head outside for the day and come back around dinner?