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Posted by Bruce Kahl on July 15, 2004

In Reply to: Nickname posted by Lotg (OZ) on July 15, 2004

: Why is a nickname called a 'nick' name? We know it's a sort of alias, usually (although not always) affectionate. But why 'nick'?

An Old English word "eke" or "neke" meaning "additional" became neke-name and hopped over to nickname.