Nicknames are very frequently used in our daily lives. Despite that every one of us uses them; we often don’t give these names much importance. Most of the people use nicknames for taunting, joke or fun. What actually is a nickname?
A dictionary defines a nickname as,
“A familiar or humorous name given to a person or thing instead of or as well as the real name.”
And Wikipedia defines it as,
“A nickname is a substitute for the proper name of a familiar person, place, or thing, affection or ridicule.”
Although the nicknames mostly are informal and casual in nature their importance cannot be ignored in our everyday life. As these names have a profound impact on our social, work and personal relations. You may have frequently observed people showing their immense hate or love for a nickname from a specific person.
We see in our daily life that nicknames are used every place and every relationship type. In homes, schools, offices, communities, universities, and workplaces, everyone employs them in one way or the other in some part of their life. Friends, wives, husbands, teachers, students, workers, often use them to call others in fun or loving mood.
With the penetration of social media now nicknames are widely used as social media nicks and ids. People are using unique and eye-catching nicknames to get noticed.
Nicknames impact Emotions & Relationships
Do nicknames have any impact on emotions? Yes, this is a fact which is observing in our daily life. Nicknames can directly affect a relationship in a good or lousy perspective. We can even observe that nicknames are very helpful in strengthening a close relationship or some also use the same to irritate others.
Sometimes the nickname becomes a label for a person, and despite that person’s effort to remove it, that label sticks for a lifetime. This positive or negative attachment to a nickname has a significant impact on a person’s behavior and emotions.
Nicknames of Teachers
In schools and universities students often call their teachers with nicknames, and because of some teachers also nickname some prominent students of the class. The names students frequently use is usually linked to the subject that teacher teaches but this can have many other reasons too.
A nickname is usually linked to some reason or similarity with a person, place, thing, subject, famous character/ celebrity, appearance or an incident. One of our science tutors was nicknamed Skeletal, and another of geography was named Mr. Tee due to their presentations.
Some teachers also like to nickname their students due to their “outstanding” appearance in the class. Students who are naughty, lazy or notorious due to any reason are more likely to get targeted by the teachers. Some students get this award by their extraordinary good study abilities and get nicks like Newton and Einstein of their class.
This student-teacher nicknaming “cold war” is being carried out since ages. Students award nicks to their teachers, and likewise, teachers do it for the students. The funniest and sometimes embarrassing moment comes when a student is caught “red-handed” using a nickname to refer to a teacher. In such cases, some students are lucky enough to get an escape whereas some must face the anger and sometimes a disciplinary action in the worst-case scenarios.
Although some people think this nicknaming of teachers a bad thing regarding ethical grounds but most of the people believe it as a mode of enjoyment and fun. Sometimes the names have so much resemblance to the teachers’ personality that one seems to think that the nickname is more perfect than the real one.
Nicknames, Teachers & Subjects
Nicknames of teachers often are linked to the objects, names or terms related to the subject. Nicks such as
These are linked with a biology or science tutor and ellipse, theta, gamma, rocket, equation, Fourier, denominator, Mr. X, Professor X, Pole, Angle love, atomic bomb, missile, series-parallel, current, voltage, theorem, x-ray, Jupiter are used to describe teachers of mathematics or physics and acid, base, gas, funnel, pipette, beaker, organic, reaction, pH, litmus, Bohr, carbon dioxide, atom, carbon mono-oxide for chemistry teachers.
Some nicks are so famous that they stay as a lifelong romance with the person. Even students, teachers of other subjects and departments use it to refer to that teacher for years to come. One such famous name was “Barrel” which was being used for a senior chemistry teacher in our high school since our childhood; nobody knew how and when he got his name but everyone before and even after us was using it till his retirement.
Even though it may seem somewhat wrong and unethical as we grow up, but the fact is that nicknaming has always been a favorite “hobby” of the students particularly the school children. And this remains to be lifelong fun and memory for them even after they grow up and become teacher and parents themselves.