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A given name is certainly a crucial part of someone’s life and identity. After all, it’s what’s going to be written on your documents and what most people will use to address you officially. However, a name that you create for yourself or that others give you can be as important as your “real” one. Giving someone a nickname is usually an act that occurs to simplify communication or make it more playful and personal. Being someone with a long name, I especially relate to the former. 

However, sometimes nickname-giving can be slightly mischievous, and not necessarily in an offensive way. Sometimes people will give out nicknames that are there to brighten everyone’s mood, and not to make someone feel bad. Today’s post is exactly about that - slightly mischievous nicknames that stuck to people in the old days of high school. The Twitter post that inspired this post went viral, collecting 39.6k likes and told the story of the guy everybody called "pants", which inspired others to share their memories of high school nicknames. Consider upvoting the nicknames that you found funniest and leave a comment!

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Image credits: PAL LTER (not the actual photo)

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

There are four coopers at my school. They are all quite popular so when we say their names you gotta either say their last name or their first and last.

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The very concept of high school nicknames is kind of odd and silly. People will pick up upon the most random thing and make it part of their daily interactions. Which isn't inherently bad, because a lot of the time, these nicknames will stick and make the repetitive nature of the routine and names less boring.

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1 year ago (edited) DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

i’m glad his name isn’t road kill edit: aww thanks everyone edit the2nd: GET THE CAMERAS IM FAMOUS

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The randomness of these nicknames is, what I feel, makes them so entertaining. It seems as if one can take anything about a person, or what they've done and attach that to them as a way to address them.

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This reminds me of when I was new to a school and didn't know anyone. I was nervous for my first class and then the teacher does attendance... My nickname for the last ten years has been Lanye (Like Kanye with an L) Northeast.

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1 year ago (edited) DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I want to see the faces of the upperclassmen that made fun of you and just see their shocked expression

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All in all, I feel like this list is a prime example of great nicknames that give everyone, not excluding the person being addressed with it, a good laugh. What nickname did you have or found funny? Let us know in the comments below the article!

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Imagine walking by the gym and seeing a kid run around with his hands in his pockets

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Sibling nicknames are often ridiculous. I'm putting together a slideshow for my sister's 21st and am planning on going through all of them. Her name is Caitlin, so there were variations on that like, Cat, Kitty-Cait, Caitie etc but then there is Chicken (no idea why that started, but apparently after we began calling her that she convinced herself that she actually was a chicken) Crumby monster (because she still can't eat something without leaving crumbs everywhere) and Devil child (because she almost always has really big dilated pupils).

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Went to school with a guy named CG it was short for Carl Gordon but when people asked that didn't know we told them cool guy.

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1 year ago (edited) DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Ok ok I’m in drama club. Can someone give me a nickname like this??

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