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Patricia wrote:Hi all!
I've always been interested in the subject of names and nicknames; their meaning, how you form them, etc.
So the question here is: How are nicknames in your country/language formed??
Here in Argentina, we tend to make nicknames by just shortening the original name: "Gabriel" would turn into "Gabi" or "Gaby", "María" into "Mari" or "Mary", etc. Sometimes there are names that carry a "fixed" nickname, for example the nickname for "Francisco" is "Pancho" and for "José", "Pepe"...Other times, the nick name can derive from a characteristic of that person (usually with a somewhat negative meaning), like "Cabezón" for someone with a big head or "Chueco" for someone with bow legs...Or perhaps it might have to do with the origin of that person: people from italian origin might be called "Tano", for example. Sometimes, the nickname has nothing to do with the points listed above and it has to do with a family thing, which makes the nickname more personal, perhaps.
Personally, my nicknames are: Pat, Patri (here's the shortened version I was mentioning before), and the most comon of all: Pato (this is the almost fixed nickname for Patricks and Patricias here in Argentina).
What are your nicknames??? Would you like to share that info with all of us???
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