Today we’re going to talk about nicknames. I’ve got a real name (Mindy) and a few derivatives of it. I’ve been called Mind, (not pronounced like a brain), Minn-o, Little Minnow (this was awhile back), and my sister calls me Minner (unsure why). Even my screenname of bigblackcat97 quickly got adjusted to BBC over on AgentQueryConnect.
So where does the word “nickname” come from?
Apparently we have our lazy-tongued ancestors with bad diction to blame. In Old English, “eke” means to add. I still find myself using that particular word occasionally, like when moving furniture. “Just eke it to the left a bit,” or cooking, “Eke some salt in there.” But I read a lot and pick up a bunch of old words that get odd looks from the b/f sometimes, which culminate in the occasional Dictionary Challenge, so if you don’t use “eke” in general conversation, don’t feel bad.
In any case, “an ekename” would be an additional name, one by which someone is known even though it’s not the name they were born with. “An ekename” got blurred together and there you have it.
What’s your “ekename?”