The trouble with nicknames is that you usually don’t get to pick out your own. Take me for instance. I would be willing to bet that 98.723 percent of people born with the last name “Wallace” have been called “Wally” at least once in their lives. It’s not a flashy nickname, but I like it.
Nicknames are most often thrust upon a person, whether they like it or not. Trust me, if you ever meet a guy nicknamed “Stinky,” you can most certainly expect that he didn’t select it. But there is probably an amusing little anecdote as to how that nickname came to fruition.
The other day, some people in the office were discussing professional-wrestling nicknames. Professional wrestlers are the exceptions to the nicknaming rule. They get to actually pick out their own nicknames. Growing up, I remember wrestlers with cool names like George “The Animal” Steele, Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart, Jesse “The Body” Ventura, “King Kong” Bundy and “Mad Dog” Vachon. There was also “Hulk” Hogan, “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan, Jake “The Snake” Roberts, “Jumpin” Jim Brunzell, Randy “Macho Man” Savage, Larry “The Axe” Hennig and Billy “Superstar” Graham. The list goes on and on.
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