Ask Gearographer: Nicknames


Dear Gearographer,

How do I get a nickname? My buddies all have cool nicknames like Hammer, Gunny, Wild Bill and Animal. I want a cool one too but can’t think of anything good. Can you help?

NoName in New Hampshire


Dear Nameless,

“NoName” just might work for you! Nah, you can’t give yourself a nickname; nicknames are earned. Before you get too carried away you should ask my friends Snotnose, Ass-Cramp or Johnny Bag of Doughnuts how they feel about their names. Not all nicknames are terms of endearment. Usually you have to do something really well to get a good nickname. Do something really well or stupid and you get a nickname too; just ask good old Ass-Cramp.


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Michael Ryan

Michael is a full-time musician and freelance writer residing in Morrison, Colorado. He enjoys downhill skiing, traveling and attempting to play golf. He excels in the sport of extreme napping so if you must call, make it after noon.

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