Friday 56: Vol. 3

The Friday 56 is a blog hop by Freda’s Voice and the rules are simple:

  • Turn to the nearest book.
  • Open it on page 56.
  • Post a sentence or two.
  • Join the linky.
  • Go crazy on the linky.

“These nicknames fascinated Julia; their inexplicable specifity was confounding. During her formative years in Milwaukee, nicknames had always been obvious and derivative: A left-handed person might be called “Lefty,” or a big-boned girl would be labeled “Moose.” Milwaukee slang was also less adhesive; if you put peroxide in your hair, you might get called “Blondie” for one summer (or maybe even for half a school year), but that kind of moniker was never permanent. This was not the case in Owl.”

Downtown Owl by Chuck Klosterman

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9 thoughts on “Friday 56: Vol. 3”

  1. I like this. Not just the quote but the whole nickname thing. I think it’s fascinating how we give people and places nicknames and how/why we get ours.

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    1. I was called “Bridget” for quite a while after Bridget Jones came out. A friend still calls me “dem lieb Bridget” (the lovely Bridget)… I may or may not have been as chaotic as Bridget when I was 13… Though I told my friend I didn’t mind the nickname if it meant Hugh Grant AND Colin Firth were fighting over me, lol. Then when I was 15, my dancing teacher went around and gave everyone Disney and Looney Tunes nicknames. Back then, I was helping out at the dancing school and would often have to dance and demonstrate so I always ALWAYS had deodorant on me – I got the nickname Pepé, after Pepé Le Pew…. *grumble* it stuck for about 3 years. But then again, the guy with the Harry Potter glasses I used to dance with is still referred to as “Potter,” and a girl was nicknamed “Otter” and the nickname is still going strong, so I was lucky.

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      1. When I was about 13 years old a classmate at my new school had said that I reminded him of Winona Ryder (Heathers had just come out and was — and still is — one of my favorite movies). He started calling me Winona and four years later when we were getting ready to graduate high school he FINALLY called me by my real name. Only once. I believe the conversation went something like “So your real name is Karen? Karen. No. It’ll always be Winona.”

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  2. Owl is an interesting nickname. I hope it’s because they are wise. 😉
    My nickname since birth is toad. That is why I got a tribal frog tattooed on my shoulder. 🙂
    Happy weekend!

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