Thursday, May 20, 2010

NIcknames For Kessler

I love to know the back story to things, so here's a little history lesson in odd/useless knowledge:
The term "nickname" originated as an Anglo-Saxon word: ekename. In the Anglo-Saxon tongue, "eke" meant "also" or "added." The term seemed just a bit awkward to pronounce; so, it became slurred, converting ekename to nekename and finally to become nickname.

The idea of a nickname didn't come from English origins, though. They were originally common in ancient Greece and Rome, especially when used as terms of affection, which the Greeks called hupokorisma, meaning "calling by an endearing name."

Nicknames are powerful. When you call someone by a nickname, you immediately feel closer to them. They come from one's personality and can't be fabricated. Nicknames just need to sort of happen, though they're most likely to stick through ease of pronunciation, accuracy, familiarity and repetition.

A new human I'm very close to made my acquaintance a little over 5 months ago and I had a clean canvas to paint with my nickname brush. But so far, I've mainly just called him by his first given name, Kessler.

Here, though, are some other nicknames he's been called since his arrival:
  • K-State
  • Kess
  • K-Money
  • K-Weezy
  • K-Love
  • Booboo bear
  • Punkin
  • Cute to boot
  • Little guy
  • Little man
  • The boy
  • Little boy
  • KSH
  • Drool Buckets
  • Saliva Factory
  • Marshmallow
  • Bean
  • Beaner
  • Snorty Snorterson
  • Sweet Cheeks
  • Cheeks
  • Pumpkin Pie
  • K
  • Bubby
  • Booboo
  • sweet boy.
  • Baby Keser
  • Baby boy
  • Schloz
  • Kessler man
  • Buddy
  • Doodle
  • Baby
  • Son