An A-Z of magazine life: N…

N is for: Nicknames.  One member of staff liked to invent nicknames for people.  If they were harmless, they knew about them but if they were a little more blunt, they remained blissfully unaware (although the rest of us usually got to hear of them).  One poor soul who often felt under the weather was “Vera” after one of newspaper cartoonist Giles’s permanently unwell characters.  Another was referred to as “Lady…” such and such (I’m not entirely sure why) and for a long time I believed she really did have that title.  Someone else, who was adept at saying quite cutting remarks to you without breaking her smile, so you went away wondering if she had actually just said that, was known simply as “Teeth.” The best one of all was for someone who somehow managed never to take the blame for anything: “Mr Teflon.”  I always considered myself to have had a lucky escape with “Saffy” after Julia Sawalha’s character in “Ab Fab” on TV.  Apparently, I resembled her when I wore my glasses.  At least, that’s what I was called to my face…

Author: Hampton Caught

The rants and ramblings of an ex Deputy Fiction Editor of Woman's Weekly magazine.

2 thoughts on “An A-Z of magazine life: N…”

  1. I love nicknames especailly in the family. My youngest( i have nine) was called chunk by his uncle, because he was always eating. He is now a lanky twenty year old but everyone in the family still affectionately calls him chunk.
    But i do think nicknames can be hurtful so we need to keep them fun and lighthearted.
    I would love to see more writing from grandparents as well as doing more myself
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    1. Thank you for your comment, Maz. Yes, I agree that nicknames should be kind! I love “chunk” though. My dad used to call me “Dustbin” because I was always finishing up the food on his plate, especially roast potatoes!


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