Week #3 – “Shakers!” (aka Nicknames…and other ways to win friends and influence people)
In the book How to Win Friends and Influence People, Dale Carnegie wrote: “a person’s name is, to that person, the sweetest and most important sound in any language.”
Sorry, Dale…I disagree. A nickname is even sweeter!
Rob — also known as Baab, Babadino, Rob-a-dob, Rhubarb, Runt, Mayor, Gov’, or Platypus — rarely called anyone by their proper name. This has been alluded to already in the comments both on the website and Facebook — and is one of the things seared into people’s memories of him. From grade school through adulthood — Rob would often use nicknames, nut just as a sign of affection, but as a secret nod acknowledging an entire memory or experience just the two of you shared. Mine was a long drawn-out “Yeesssssss, Graaaaaaaace.” His signal to me that I was brooding far too much about something unimportant and missing the fun of the moment right in front of me. How right he so often was! What about you?
Your assignment for this weekend: sweeten things up by playing the nickname-game! You can say the first things that come to your mind (goodness knows Rob would!) — or, if you need a little help, try adding a “-ster” or “-dino” or “-dob” or “-toozie” to everyone’s name. Come on folks, for the love of happiness, are you willing to try this?!
What do you think of nicknames? Spread the happiness…and tell us in the comments!
10/3/14 by Grace Church
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