The Art of the Nickname

A nickname is usually a descriptive moniker given instead of, or in addition to, one’s formal name. It often describes an aspect of a person’s nature, accomplishments or appearance that carries a particular resonance. Some nicknames are the result of an individual’s achievements such as Alexander the Great or William the Conqueror. Others are given to reflect an aspect of a person’s character such as bravery. Examples of this include King Richard the Lionhearted and Stonewall Jackson. The problem with nicknames, however, is that in most cases you don’t get to choose them. They are usually chosen for you and they sometimes aren’t...