Growing up some folk attracted Nick names. I always thought of it as sort of a show of affection. Nick names follow folk to their graves. We had ‘Shorty’ Robinson in our town who was a leading realtor. Then there was Fat Myers the leading mortician in town. Shucks you might have heard of Humpy Wheeler of Charlotte NASCAR RACEWAY FAME, he was from Belmont.
When I live in Valdese there was Mud Hole Yancey. Baker Page, Stump Stevens and Red Eye Keye. Now one got mad at the names (as far as I knew), None of them were assigned because someone wanted to be mean.
I get the idea now if you done something like that someone's family would sue you.
I’ve known Pinto Bean, Stick and Tar Baby. Pot Poteat (before marijuana was common) and String. Knot Knowles and Jam Jamison. There was Poot and Slim. And there was Peter David, no that was his name not his Nick name.
I had a Chief in GITMO who at his whim named the troops and from the on it was their name. After a few weeks their real names were gone. Two of those were Taco and Squirrel. It never bothered a one of them, they even made their own name tags.
Our choir leader here at the RV park is PeeWee. That is how he introduced himself.
Now back to Belmont there was Crip Wilson and Dummy. Shucks Dogs, cars and states have nick names.
These are just off the top of my head. The Nick name is a flag, a memory maker. Most of the guys I mentioned would not be remembered if they had not had nick names.
I never had a nick name, I have had two friends called Buck. I think I would have liked that nick name. Maybe Ace. I was never in someone’s skin that had a nick name so I really don’t know if down deep they resented it or not. Some said call me anything but not late for supper.
Did you have a nick name? If so did it bother you?
I know there were famous men with nick names, but I can’t remember but one, ‘The Rail Splitter’, but was that a nick name. One of the Roosevelt's had a nick name.
The Tin Lizzie