[DWJ] Re: Oh, those Russians... (Boney M)
klj at sccs.swarthmore.edu
Thu Sep 21 19:49:55 EDT 2006
On Thu, 21 Sep 2006, Elizabeth Parks wrote:
> My dad called me Elizabeast. . . and my mom called me Henry Elizabeth
> Doodles. Haven't quite figured that out yet, but it stuck to the point I
> considered making Henry my legal first name.
My "old" nickname from my family is "Doowah," which is what my little
brother called me before he could pronounce my name. Only I always
assumed that it was spelled "Dua," and was very confused when I first
received e-mails from my parents while in college addressed to "Doowah."
I still like my spelling better.
My "new" nickname from my family is "Cacuceica." This also comes from my
brother. One day, he and a friend were trying to figure out how you would
pronounce "calculator" if you turned all of the consonants into /k/
sounds. "Cacuceica" is that word, only without the final consonant. Why
they called _me_ this is beyond me, given that, as you may have noticed, I
am a human being, not a calculator, and certainly not a calculator with
lots of /k/ sounds. I have no idea why this nickname stuck, but everyone
in my family calls me that now.
Oh, and, speaking of Russians, I was named "Kyra" because my mother is a
dancer, and "Kyra" was the name of several Russian dancers or
dance-related people, like Nijinksy's daughter. But my Belarusian
colleague at work recently told me that she and her mother think of "Kyra"
as a Communist name. They never knew anyone actually named Kyra in real
life, but it was often a name given to very obedient Communist characters
on TV shows and things.
ObDWJ: Umm. . . "Awful" is the DWJ nickname that springs first to mind,
but actually, isn't "Duck" for Mallard rather neat?
"You may find somebody kind to help and understand you, someone who is
just like you and needs a gentle hand to guide them along."
---Tony Hatch, "Downtown"
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