A nickname is an acquired, unofficial name for an adult or child. It, often, notices not desirable, but real qualities and properties of a person. Emphasizes the special meaning of these qualities and properties for others. It is a prominent feature of one's appearance or activity.
Nicknames exist as a social phenomenon, we can talk about a nickname system. The most active in this direction are parents and adolescents.
Sometimes a child is chosen for a long time at birth, but then they call him other, affectionate nicknames, as they say, "from an excess of feelings." And then there is an enormous scope for creativity. To the already familiar Dolls, Suns, Babies and Babies, more original ones are added.
The most common are nicknames of children, derived from the names of animals, birds and even insects. Here happy parents "reward" their adored children in different ways: Hamster, Kitten, Hedgehog, Swallow, Owlet, Komarik, Bukashechka, Beetle, Kukushonok. You can even meet Klopik and Cockroach.
Parents often like it when a nickname has a pun. For example: Katya - Katyonok, Alice - Lisa, Veronica - Nika, Svetlana - Lana.
Characters of cartoons and fairy tales often appear in the nicknames of children. These are Gnome, Funtik, Drakosha, Barmaley, Pokemosha, Prince.
Names often rhyme. Then the following nicknames are obtained: Irinka-tangerine, Glebushka-bread, Vanka-vstanka, Natasha-insect.
There are also "culinary" nicknames: Bun, Pie, Cheese, Bagel.
They call their favorite children both Berries and Currants.
Among flower nicknames, Chamomile, Dandelion, Rosette take a strong place.
Sometimes children are called by actions or body parts: Schekastik, Ushastik, Puzanchik, Tolstunchik, Puhlik, Pischalkin, Khnyklik, Cool-twirl, Snivel, Lapuhastic.
Sometimes nicknamed by character: Shilo, Egoza, Laughing, Chef, Spring, Plaksun.
In the mouths of parents, everything sounds with love, even name-calling. For example: Holopopik (naked ass), Leech (sucking on the breast), Nyunya (whining), Pisyundrych (often pissing), Kishkomot (disobedient).
Nicknames play a significant role in the teenage world. They are invented for various reasons. Anything can serve as a reason: the qualities and actions of a person, certain circumstances, events, associations with an official name and surname. They are given because of the desire to offend, and stand out, and for fun.
In a school environment, nicknames are often formed from surnames and first names. For example: Suslov - Gopher, Lysenko - Lysy, Kuzmin - Kuzya, Rybalko - Rybalya, Isaev - Isay, Shevchenko - Sheva, Sergey - Sery, Angelina - Angel.
Separate nicknames characterize the features of appearance: Hog (excessively fat), Pyshka (full), Long, Kalancha, Skyscraper (tall), Monkey, Erysipelas ("grimacing"), Short, Small (short).
By nature and qualities: Sticky (annoying), Prodigy, Botan (smart), Kamatoznik, Slopok (inhibited), Brigadier (constantly indicating what to do), Phantom Menace (getting into different alterations).
Sometimes nicknames appear by association with a surname. So, Vorobyov - Bird, Sudakov - Fish, Ogurtsov - Vegetable, Shaposhnikov - Cap, Korovin - Molochkov, Shmelev - Bee, Zaitsev - Rabbit, Lapshin - Macaroni, Spaghetti.
Often they are identified with the surname of a famous person or literary hero. For example, Bogdanov - Titomir, Singers - Chaliapin, Malysheva - Thumbelina, Nekhoroshko - Malchish-Plohish.
Nicknames are popular on the Internet. It's a nickname. When you plunge into the endless expanse of the Internet, you need to identify yourself somehow, take a network name. You can just have your own name, for example Vasya, Sveta, but this is corny. And everyone wants to come up with something original, suitable only for you.
This is exactly the rare case when you give yourself a nickname. Here everyone is already refining as they can. From simple (Christina - Criss, Sabrina - Brie, Veronica - Nika) to exquisite (Valetta, Diezo, Erdelyetta, Khachachun).
Some take funny nicknames. For example: Totally blonde, Crocodiller, Murmaylo, Nedoskreb, Smorkel, Monitor Klaviaturovich, Physician-pohmetologist, Spectacled macho.
Others are fond of elven names: Irima (beautiful), Kue (dove), Tauretari (queen of the forest), Mornamir (black diamond), Taurokhtar (forest warrior), Ainon (saint).
Some people like to be called the names of different vampires, ancient Greek names, the names of kings, popular literary characters, the names of flowers, animals. The scope for creativity is huge.
Not only children and adolescents are "awarded" with nicknames. Even famous people have them. This is especially popular in football. Thus, the legendary Pele is called not only the "King of Football", but also the "Man bringing misfortune". It got its original nickname from its overwhelmingly poor predictions for football matches.
Asian footballer Naohiro Takahara has the most original nickname - "Sushi Bombandier" for his precise and unique goals.
Arjen Robben is called the "Glass Man". He is a talented winger (soccer player acting between defense and attack) in the world, but constant injuries prevent him from developing at full strength.
England legend Tony Adamis got his offensive nickname "Donkey" from the British press for his casual appearance.
The Dutchman Michael Reiziger was nicknamed "Gas Mask" due to the unusual structure of his skull.
Frenchman Nicolas Anelka became “Incredibly Gloomy” because no one can remember him being happy. And the character, closed and uncommunicative, helped with this.
Even football clubs have nicknames. For example, "Manchester City" was nicknamed "Blue Moon" because this is the name of the traditional song of the fans of this club.
The Barnsley Club is called the Mongrels. The mascot of the club was Toby the mongrel. She entertained the public at Oakwell for years.
The Scantrop United Club is the Iron because Scantrop is the UK steel center. Hence the nickname.
Almost all groups of the population have nicknames. And it's not at all bad to get it if it is given kindly, openly, talentedly.