Over the years, I’ve collected a few nicknames, my first being Ace, it’s been with me for about 7 years now, but it’s not my primary nickname now. My newer nickname might be a bit unusual, but I just go with it, so be prepared, my newer nickname is Pope John Paul V. Yes you read it right, they say I just look like him, I don’t know.
Here in the Philippines, it’s not uncommon to be called a different name, sometimes you’re called “Boss”, or “Bossing”, but don’t feel bad about it, it’s just a way of showing respect to you. It’s really just normal for them to call you names that you don’t know.
An experience of mine regarding nicknames is, we have this cousin whose name is Randy, and nickname is Dodong. Before, I really thought his name was Dodong, so I would always call him that. Like when I was about 4-5 years old, we lived in GenSan, and I would always go to my parent’s internet cafe, and stay there for like 14 hours, and he was a worker there and when I would call him, I would always say Dodong, not Randy, because I really truly thought his name was Dodong. But now, I know the truth and know that his name is, in fact, Randy.
Now talking of nicknames, I’ve been thinking how it gets spread around, like my nickname, even the teachers know it, and my cousin’s nickname, our whole family knows it. I think that because Filipinos have such keen ears, no offense, they catch on quick.
After a lot of thinking, I have found out that I have like a million nicknames, ranging from my parents,who gave me about 10, to my classmates, who gave me about 20, to my cousins and relatives, who gave me the rest. Most are just random names that they think of, aside from my parent’s nicknames for me, like, AJ, which are my initials, and Mac-Aaroni, because I love macaroni.
Because every person is unique in someway or another, each one of us has a nickname that brings pride to him/her, take my dad for example, his most common nickname is “MindanaoBob“, alot of people call him this, and he is very happy to have this nickname. Another example is me, I’m the kind of person who sort of goes with the flow, my nicknames, I take, although some I question, most I take with open arms.
It’s not uncommon to have the same nickname as someone else, like Dodong, I’d bet you there are more Dodongs than my cousin. Filipinos have a lot of nicknames that they use, some are weird and some just normal day-to-day names. If I had a peso for each nickname I’ve heard in my life here in the Philippines, I’d be nick-millionaire, or at least close to that.
That is the power of nicknames to you, and if you get a new good nickname or remember an old one that brings the good old days back, good for you!