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2006-04-01

Nickname


posted at 15:24

Did you know where the word "nickname" comes from? Here's the real story:

In the old days of immigration, Greeks came as everybody else, to America. In those days of the melting-pot, the long and difficult to pronounce greek names (try to say Theofrastos or Panteleïmon) made people start labeling Greeks with more comfortable names.

The easiest of all was Nick. So Nick, the Greek, was born. Hundreds, thousands maybe of Nick the Greek guys were and still are found, all around the States. With the most famous, Nick the Greek, the nurse in the 60s "Ben Casey" TV-Series (played by Nick "the Greek" Dennis).

Well, from the greek name Nick comes Nick the Greek and then nickname and... there you go!


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