- Eugene Peterson
A rundown of my former nicknames:
Flip - I decided that Phil or Philip wasn't cool enough. So I picked Flip in the fourth grade for myself. I even put Flip on my school papers. I had no idea who Flip Wilson was but every now and then a kind grown-up would mention his name to me. My best friend's name was James Breen III. He went by "trip" for "triple." So Flip and Trip would hang out. I loved making up sentences like "Flip Tripped Trip" or "Trip flipped Flip" But I soon learned that nicknames you pick for yourself just don't last...
Wheels - One summer on the bus to summer camp, a group of us decided we all needed nicknames. I was assigned the name "wheels" for no reason other than the fact that it sounded cool to the nicknamer among us. I was just thrilled to have been given a nickname, even though "wheels" doesn't even begin to describe me.
Splat - While on the middle school wrestling team, another nicknamer among us decided we all needed nicknames. He got to be "thud" and I got to be "splat" because that's the sounds we made when we got on the wrestling mat. It was the inspiration for my new Thinkling nickname.
Phil - being without a cool nickname, I just shortened my name like everyone else. Sigh. How unoriginal.
Phil-o-________ - Friends in my church youth group took to calling me words with "phil" in them like:
and my youth minister called me "pro-PHIL-actic" Gee. Thanks a lot.
But of all my nicknames, those were probably my favorites. They were said with affection. And it became a game. My friends would try to call me a different "phil" word every time they saw me. It was fun. One friend, even looked up "phil" words in the dictionary and printed up a sign on her computer with different "phil" nicknames on it. It was cool.
Shrode - when I became a Thinkling and wanted a nickname, all of us newbies got names based on our last names because the designated nicknamer (Bird) didn't know us personally. Of all the thinklings, my favorite nicknames are "Bird" and "Jewel" because you figure there's meaning behind them, rather than just messing with someone's name. Personally, I think we should start calling Rod, "Hub".
Thump - I've tired of Shrode. I've hinted and hinted around here that I wanted a different nickname. It's always better when someone else dubs you naturally. But it's not going to happen. So I've accepted reality, and decided to take my nickname's fate into my own hands. A breach of etiquette? Yeah, probably. But let the chips fall where they may.
Update: I dubbed myself "Thump" and it didn't fly. Now I'm a dude without a nickname.