Sunlit Water

January 2, 2007

Good Times

Filed under: Personal — by teofilo @ 3:20 am

Ben Wolfson’s sister apparently has a friend whom Ben’s family calls “KR” despite the fact that those are not her initials and bear, in Ben’s words, “only a passing resemblance” to her name. This reminds me of an incident that happened when I was in high school.

I had a female friend who, for some unaccountable reason, one day decided to start calling one of our male friends “MC” despite the fact that those were not his initials. The original idea was that the meaning of the nickname was a secret, but it quickly became known that the letters stood for “Mondo Cock” (there were persistent rumors). In revenge for this, MC decided that she would henceforth be known as “CR.” The secret of what that stood for was kept suprisingly well for quite a long time, even though her girlfriends consistently tried to pry the information out of those of us who knew. Not knowing drove her nuts, and she was constantly begging to be told. At one point she even looked through the dictionary trying to figure out what the two letters could stand for.

(Click through for the surprising answer.)

They didn’t stand for anything. Boy was she pissed when she found out.



  1. Isn’t there someone in our midst who goes by initials not his own?

    Comment by ac — January 2, 2007 @ 9:15 am |Reply

  2. Yes. ac’s real-life name is Diamanda Montefiore.

    Comment by dagger aleph — January 2, 2007 @ 10:48 am |Reply

  3. Wonder if they always didn’t stand for anything, or if he thought better of telling her.

    Comment by I don't pay — January 2, 2007 @ 11:04 am |Reply

  4. Good story, teo. A surprising number of my friends had nicknames in high school. But we weren’t innovative enough to use them for such delicious vengeance. Well-played.

    Comment by Stanley — January 2, 2007 @ 12:38 pm |Reply

  5. People who use initials corresponding to names not their own are not to be trusted.

    Comment by eb — January 2, 2007 @ 1:50 pm |Reply

  6. They never stood for anything; that was the point.

    Comment by teofilo — January 2, 2007 @ 10:28 pm |Reply

  7. My comment will remain unexplained. For now.

    Comment by eb — January 2, 2007 @ 11:08 pm |Reply

  8. Oh, man. Out me why don’t you. Next time I see you, dagger, I shall turn my nose up and say, “you know what you did.”

    Comment by ac — January 2, 2007 @ 11:56 pm |Reply

  9. Is there any occasion for which you don’t have a GFY link?

    Comment by teofilo — January 3, 2007 @ 1:14 am |Reply

  10. My real initials are BPJ, ah.

    Comment by standpipe b — January 3, 2007 @ 6:53 pm |Reply

  11. Bridge Plate Jenkins

    Comment by Matt F — January 3, 2007 @ 10:43 pm |Reply

  12. Dude, is there any better Paris-Nicole post than that? Sometimes you just have to go back to the Source.

    Comment by ac — January 4, 2007 @ 12:00 am |Reply

  13. Paris-Nicole

    That’s a bike race, isn’t it?

    Comment by eb — January 4, 2007 @ 1:03 am |Reply

  14. Butnut Peater and Jelly.

    Comment by pdf23ds — January 11, 2007 @ 6:20 pm |Reply

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