“Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountain is going home; that wildness is necessity; that mountain parks and reservations are useful not only as fountains of timber and irrigating rivers, but as fountains of life.”

John Muir

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

What's in a nickname?

For people who have them – or dole them out – they are a person's stamp of personality, a point of pride, a profile of particular habits or, perhaps, peculiarities. Some people seek out nicknames, sometimes new titles are a consequence of circumstance and then there are some characters whose actions just beg for a moniker.

Nicknames are everywhere. Presidents have them. Even the Pope doesn't go by his given name, They are particularly prevalent in sports, where not only players are known as The Yankee Clipper, The Babe, The Galloping Ghost and The Big Unit,(the lucky guy), but even the games have titles. The Shot Heard Round the World. The Catch. The Immaculate Reception. These titles define the moments themselves and forever stamp the greatness of the event.

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