Personality influences nicknames

I think maybe I watch too much football. The other night watching the Arizona Cardinals listening to the announcers call running back “Beanie” Wells name, I proclaimed that was a great football name. Definitely not the best, I said to myself, thinking “Mean Joe” Greene, but good. I assumed “Beanie” was his given name but […]

Fan loyalty gone with athlete nicknames

By Clyde Davis: CNJ columnist What’s in a name? More accurately, what’s in a nickname ? Let us be honest; “A-Rod” is not a nickname. It is simply a condensed version of two names, given by his parents to a stellar ball player. If there are athletes currently playing who sport the colorful nicknames of […]

Today’s nicknames are not just for kids

By Grant McGee Are people still calling you by your nickname? I thought about this after seeing a quote from the British essayist William Hazlitt (1778-1830), “A nickname is the heaviest stone that the devil can throw at a man.” I suppose nicknames hurt when you’re a kid, but a lot of stuff can bug […]