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Remembering My Larger-Than-Life Grandmother 'Pretzel'

Geraldine Leer | Posted 09.08.2014 | Fifty
Geraldine Leer

Born in 1902 on a farm in Loup City, Nebraska, Geraldine Ayliff Waite always hated her name. So her grandchildren just called her 'Pretzel.' To me, Pretzel was larger than life.

Nickname Dilemma: To Name or Not to Name

Bushra Alvi | Posted 08.21.2014 | Impact
Bushra Alvi

Why do we twist and turn and squeeze the name till we come up with our own version of a carefully thought about form of address? And this is a universal phenomenon, more in some countries than others.

Sweet Cheeks, Snuggle Muffin, And 13 Other Nicknames That Need To Be Retired Immediately

Posted 02.13.2014 | Fifty

Does your little snuggle honey bunny need a widdle huggy wuggy? Just like there are pet names -- for actual pets -- that we find particularly odio...

Dobbin and Kitty Ride Again

Mark Simpson | Posted 11.24.2013 | Gay Voices
Mark Simpson

In Katherine Bucknell's The Animals, a collection of letters between the famous British-born novelist Christopher Isherwood and his lover, the American portrait artist Don Bachardy, love speaks in animal tongues. Cloying Beatrix Potter animal tongues.

Reilly's Column a Positive for Opponents of Racist Redskins Nickname

Ken Reed | Posted 11.23.2013 | Sports
Ken Reed

Yes, there is a lot of history and tradition tied to the nickname "Redskins" -- for the NFL in general, and the Washington franchise in particular. Not all of it is negative and offensive but way too much of it is. As such, it's a tradition that must end.

What's Your Nickname?

Mawuena Akyea | Posted 10.20.2013 | Black Voices
Mawuena Akyea

Even though my name is Mawuena, I sometimes feel like one of those Italian mobsters with several nicknames.

The Latest Adorable Trend In Baby Names For Girls

nameberry | Posted 07.27.2013 | Parents

Written by Linda Rosenkrantz for Nameberry Thank you, Jimmy Fallon, for naming your new daughter Winnie Rose, and proving our point -- which is tha...

Bill Parcells and 7 Athletes Who Go By Fake First Names

Danny Groner | Posted 04.05.2013 | Sports
Danny Groner

He made a name for himself as the Giants head coach, but what you may not know about Bill Parcells is that his actual first name is "Duane." And "Bill" isn't even his middle name he uses instead -- it's a nickname.

My Quest for a Cool Nickname?

Nancy Wurtzel | Posted 03.12.2013 | Fifty
Nancy Wurtzel

I consider Nancy to be a fairly bland and boring name. Nancy fails to capture my personality, and it certainly doesn't lend itself to any fun abbreviations.

I Really Should Stop Giving My Daughters Stupid Nicknames

Rob Sachs | Posted 12.09.2012 | Parents
Rob Sachs

My wife and I underwent a series of intense analytical sessions when deciding what to name our children. We drew up lists, consulted census reports and cross-checked our top contenders to make sure they didn't correlate to any sitcom characters and/or reality stars.

WATCH: Better Names For Things

Posted 08.30.2012 | Comedy

Everyone loves a good nickname. From Biebz to RPattz, people are just better to talk about when there's some good lingo involved. So Jeff Wysaki of...

JOKE: Endearing Names

Posted 10.09.2012 | MarloThomas

Bernie was invited to his friend's home for dinner. Morris, the host, preceded every request to his wife by endearing terms, calling her Honey, My Lov...

PICTURE: What's Your Sloth Name?

Posted 02.13.2012 | Comedy

Sloths and name generators have been having a good couple of weeks. Between Kristen Bell's overjoyed sloth story going viral and everyone trying to fi...

What's Your Blues Name?

Posted 03.25.2012 | Comedy

Everyone loves a nickname. Whether they'll admit it or not, it's nice to have a special term of endearment that's reserved for just you. But what if n...

Recycling Your Ex's Nickname: Taboo or Totally Acceptable?

Maria Burnham | Posted 03.18.2012 | Gay Voices
Maria Burnham

Is it OK to recycle pet names and phrases? I mean, the odds of an ex discovering you've dipped into your once-shared repertoire are very slim. And even if she were to hear of it, is it really that bad?

The Indian Mission Kids Only Knew Him As 'Rochester'

Tim Giago | Posted 11.29.2011 | Religion
Tim Giago

His death made me wonder how many more of my classmates had passed away and I never knew it because I only knew them by their nicknames.

What's Your Name? Dunce? Bong? Bum?

Virginia M. Moncrieff | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Virginia M. Moncrieff

In the Philippines, everyone seems to have some kind of all-purpose nickname that long ago rendered their real name obsolete. Politicians with names like Joker, Boy, Butch and Ping are commonplace.

How Not To Name The Baby: Top Ten Baby-Naming Mistakes

Pamela Redmond Satran | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Pamela Redmond Satran

Naming a baby Porsche or Chanel or, yes, Huffington may be taking the idea of branding far too far.