What’s in a name? Well according to Ecclesiastes 7:1 a good name is “…better than fine perfume, and the day of death better than the day of birth.”. The Preacher; who was possibly King Solomon, may have been a little emo.
So what’s in a nickname? Is it better than a low to mid-range musk, like say a “Jovan”, a “Drakkar Noir” or maybe even a “Sex Panther”? I don’t really know and that’s kind of a stupid question to begin with.
Regardless of whether or not your nickname stings the nostrils, how did you get it? If you even have one that is.
I’ve had a few different nicknames over the years, mostly given to me by my little brother and consisting of phrases like Jerk Face, Doody Head and Fart Sniffer. None of which are true, by the way except for maybe Jerk Face, but HE STARTED IT!!!
I got my first “adult” nickname during my first and only year of college. Back in the mid 90s, I used to wear a long, black trench coat everywhere and thought it was the coolest thing ever. What can I say? I was a big Highlander fan. No. Seriously…I was. Anyway, while at college, along with the trench coat, I wore almost exclusively black clothes (Because black is slimming. Shut up.), a backwards baseball cap, I grew out my hair and started cultivating my first beard.
Growing a Van Dyke was my big rebellion after graduating from a small, private Christian school where facial hair was considered a big no no, because apparently Jesus hates beards. Who knew?
Take my unfortunate wardrobe choices and add to it the fact that I wasn’t much of a talker back then and it wasn’t long before several of my friends on campus started referring to me as Silent Bob. Of course growing up in a somewhat sheltered environment where watching R rated movies was akin to punching a baby seal in the face, I had no idea who they were talking about until finally somebody took pity on me and loaned me their “Clerks” VHS tape. Yeah, I may or may not have been mortified.
Despite my embarrassment, I still wore that trench coat off and on for years afterward until it completely fell apart around 2004 or so. I did however avoid wearing it with backwards baseball caps and tried to incorporate a little more color into my clothing ensembles.
Coming Tomorrow Part 2: The “G Fresh” Years
Do any of you have any nicknames?
How did you get it/them?