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Re: Your nickname

Post by englishangel » Wed Oct 15, 2008 8:23 am

shame I was away, Maggie got in first. :D
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Re: Your nickname

Post by NEILL THE NOTORIOUS » Sat Nov 22, 2008 10:15 pm

When I was in Ba B, my nickname was "SWAUCH"
Since this will be entirely un-intelligible to anybody, I'll explain ---
Before CH I was brought up in Stockwell, which was a tough Costermonger Area in London.
SWAUCH was intended to be an imitation of my accent.
I have told you that I didn't get bullied --- it only lasted one Term, -- my first, after that, the Pecking Order had been established. My Beloved Mother, had sent me to Stockwell Rd First School, in White Socks ---------This was quite a good training in thumping anything your own size---- and a bit bigger !
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Re: Your nickname

Post by J.R. » Sun Nov 23, 2008 2:49 pm

Stockwell has hardly changed Neill, apart from possibly, the costermonger bit !

Still exceptionally tough.
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Re: Your nickname

Post by huntertitus » Sat Jan 10, 2009 3:57 pm

Having the surname "Farquhar-Thomson" was asking for trouble

"Farter" in the second form became "F*cker" in the third

And I had flat feet so was called "Flipper" for a while and then "Fish"

My poor brother Rupert was asked when he first arrived at the school whether he was a prostitute and as we'd been brought up by innocent parents who never swore and never, ever talked about anything sexual, we'd never heard of the word. Ruperts answer in the affirmative guaranteed for a year afterwards that whenever he got the rugger ball in his hands during a match there would be shouts from the sidelines of "Prostie Thomson, tuppence a go!"

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Re: Your nickname

Post by CHAZ » Mon Jan 12, 2009 8:18 am

Robin,

I was at school with Duncan. Is this your younger brother? I also remember vaguely Rory.
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Re: Your nickname

Post by huntertitus » Mon Jan 12, 2009 12:26 pm

Rory is my younger brother, now working in a Shanghai bank. Married with 4 nearly grown up children. Still plays the trumpet and still retains a good sense of humour. Duncan is my first cousin, also a lovely chap with two small children, living in rural Dorset and working as a consultant anaesthetist.

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Post by Vonny » Mon Jan 12, 2009 7:48 pm

huntertitus wrote: living in rural Dorset and working as a consultant anaesthetist.
Not at DCH by any chance is he?! I know of at least one other OB working there.
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Post by sejintenej » Mon Jan 12, 2009 10:46 pm

I was somewhat put out when some erk in the MOD (I assume) used my nickname for the UK fighting/control force in Bosnia. How they could use it for that (and why I got it) are beyond me - unless it was a liking for a particular make of iced cakes
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Re: Your nickname

Post by postwarblue » Sun Jan 18, 2009 8:28 pm

Nicknames I remember from Col B include Chips, Tukie, Noggin, Slimy, Oosh, Stodge, Tigger .. perhaps better without the surnames now!
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Post by michael scuffil » Mon Jan 19, 2009 7:02 pm

Nicknames could sometimes far outlast the rather obscure circumstance that gave rise to them. Our Katharine's brother for example was called "Chindits" all his CH career because of a a single line he had to say in a junior house play in a rather pukka voice: "I was one of Wingate's Chindits, you know." Another boy, surnamed Young, was known for years as "Chang" because his house captain, putting up some list or other, wrote his name in such a way that made it look a bit like this, just once.

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Re: Your nickname

Post by jhopgood » Mon Jan 19, 2009 7:44 pm

michael scuffil wrote:Nicknames could sometimes far outlast the rather obscure circumstance that gave rise to them.
We have a house in a small (350 people) village, where there appear to be only about 15 - 20 different surnames, and an even smaller number of christian names. They are all Vicente' or Vicenta's with a few other thrown in. Just about everyone (bar foreigners)is known by their nickname.
Thus we have
Xileno (pronounced Chileno), because his father had a dog called Chileno. Xileno's son is also called Xileno.
Correo, because his father was the postman.
Cirera (Cherry), because his father had cherry orchards.
Ximo de la carretera because his father had a house on the main road, not to be confused with Ximo de la plaza, because his father had a house on the plaza.
And so it goes on.
Now that I look at it, it seems very Welsh. Maybe it is something to do with small villages.
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Re: Your nickname

Post by midget » Mon Jan 19, 2009 8:06 pm

Very Welsh indeed. The village where I stayed had, one after the other Thomas the crossroads, Thomas Carvan Lodge, Thomas Green Court and Thomas the post.
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Re: Your nickname

Post by huntertitus » Mon Jan 19, 2009 8:26 pm

Most surnames were originally derived from trades or whos son the person was

Carter, Proctor, Wheeler, Brewer, Smith, etc came from the work done and
Johnson, Thomson, Jackson, Robertson, Wilson, etc from the father's name

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Re: Your nickname

Post by Katharine » Mon Jan 19, 2009 9:59 pm

michael scuffil wrote:Nicknames could sometimes far outlast the rather obscure circumstance that gave rise to them. Our Katharine's brother for example was called "Chindits" all his CH career because of a a single line he had to say in a junior house play in a rather pukka voice: "I was one of Wingate's Chindits, you know."
I remember Peter complaining about that. Can you remember how junior he was then?

My father had an inherited nickname when he started as a school chaplain. The previous term and EG Hill had left, he was known as Eggy, and when we arrived someone said there was a new Eggy in school (ignoring the fact that our surname was HILLS). The name stuck, many years later when the origins had been forgotten Father heard people saying that it was because he had sandy red hair which meant the yolk was on top of his head and the white of the egg was the clerical collar!
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Post by Jo » Mon Jan 19, 2009 11:00 pm

michael scuffil wrote:Nicknames could sometimes far outlast the rather obscure circumstance that gave rise to them. Our Katharine's brother for example was called "Chindits" all his CH career because of a a single line he had to say in a junior house play in a rather pukka voice: "I was one of Wingate's Chindits, you know." Another boy, surnamed Young, was known for years as "Chang" because his house captain, putting up some list or other, wrote his name in such a way that made it look a bit like this, just once.
My other half is known as Bunnyman amongst most of our friends, simply because about 8 or 9 years ago he played a character called Bunny Mandelson in a murder mystery dinner :D
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