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Nickname

Origin

late Middle English: from an eke-name (eke meaning ‘addition’: see eke2), misinterpreted, by wrong division, as a neke name.

Ref: OED.

4 comments

  1. Claire King says:

    That´s both interesting and makes perfect sense, as the French for nickname is surnom, which at first confused me but which also translates as extra name.
    Also delightful that we eke out names :)

      • claireking9 says:

        Nom.
        So you have your prénom(s) then your nom. Sometimes called ‘nom de famille’. And if you’re a woman you tend to be saddled with your maiden name whether you like it or not, so you become prénom-nom de jeune file- nom de famille.
        Nom also means ‘noun’.
        Everything you needed to know about les noms.
        Nom nom nom.

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