Nicknames - Love em or Hate em?

#1
Remember the "Cap Combat" or "Jap Cap?" That's how I got mine. On the ranges as a sprog, we'd stopped firing for some reason and to kill time, our ******** SSGT had us running up and down carrying a full sandbag. "C'mon Tojo! You fcukin' Japanese sniper!" he yelled at me. I bridled, big mistake, and of course, it became my nickname thereafter. After a while though, it ceased to be used in a derogatory sense and I stopped being offended by it. I took it to Ulster where it was a useful bridge for my superiors in circumstances where rank and name were too formal, but first name was too informal. In the years that followed, it began to precede me on posting and I reckon it did me a fair few favours during my career. The knob end who originally saddled me with it was known as "The Gonz" behind his back, after the hook nosed character off the Muppet Show - and I certainly thought that he was a Muppet at the time, but maybe it was a blessing in disguise........... :rabbit:
 
#2
I was called "Taff" everywhere I went....never did find out who started that :lol: and even stranger there was another bloke there and they called him "taff" as well, how does that work?
 

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#3
Taff? Obviously a pair of wet fuckers.
 
#4
As I pointed out to one of my colleagues the other day, a nickname is an indication that you have been well appraised and probably fairly pigeonholed by your peers. It is an honour, and usually one that will follow you thoughout your existence.

Being universally known as "Shithead" can be a bit of a millstone, though.
 
#5
Been called Dodger since my early Army days (1963) been with me ever since.
 
#7
You never get to pick your own nickname in real life.

In school I was Joe 90/Sparky
In basic I was referred to as Jap Sniper/Joe90/Sparky.

On signing on again a few years back (no, not the dole) it was Porn Tache/Porn Star on account of my resemblance to Ron Jeremy's belly obviously.
 

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ordinaryforces said:
Auld yin
Whats the correct spelling for "chookta"..I feel the need to use it sometimes :)
Sorry

I don't know how to spell teuchter.
 
#9
ordinaryforces said:
Auld yin
Whats the correct spelling for "chookta"..I feel the need to use it sometimes :)
Teuchter. I started off in a Jock TA unit.... Smart move, an Irish Catholic in a predominantly Protestant company. So, I got Paddy, Mick, Bogtrotter, Tim, Fenian Cnut. Usually the last one to be honest.....
 
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sfub said:
ordinaryforces said:
Auld yin
Whats the correct spelling for "chookta"..I feel the need to use it sometimes :)
Teuchter. I started off in a Jock TA unit.... Smart move, an Irish Catholic in a predominantly Protestant company. So, I got Paddy, Mick, Bogtrotter, Tim, Fenian Cnut. Usually the last one to be honest.....
It wasn't 3/51 by any chance?? :D
 
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Sparky2339 said:
sfub said:
ordinaryforces said:
Auld yin
Whats the correct spelling for "chookta"..I feel the need to use it sometimes :)
Teuchter. I started off in a Jock TA unit.... Smart move, an Irish Catholic in a predominantly Protestant company. So, I got Paddy, Mick, Bogtrotter, Tim, Fenian Cnut. Usually the last one to be honest.....
It wasn't 3/51 by any chance?? :D
Wash your hat mouth out!
15 Para :twisted:
 
#13
The problem with nicknames, is that after a few years, that is all that you can remember of the blokes in your old photos. You well recall their antics and eccentricities, but surnames? not on your nellie.

Taffy, Jock, Paddy, Dusty, Ginger, Lofty et al,, spring out of the picture at you, but for the life of you, you cannot put a family name to them

A word of advice, which I know will fall on mainly deaf ears, write the blokes names on the back of your pictures. The years tick quickly by.
 
#14
The jocks in 1 KOSB had a fantastic imagination - a Brown would be called Broony, a Wilson would be called Wullie, a Thomson would be called Tommo,etc.

Genius!
 
#16
My best mate's brother, a Welsh Guard was known as Taffy because he was a Welsh speaker ffs! Only Fcuking woodentops eh? :?
 
#17
Got mine as apparently I was/am a cross between Sid the Sexist and Sidney Ruffdimond from Carry on up the Khyber, thanks to my mate. cheers Edwards you Ginger Tosser!! ;)
 
#18
Been called Stilly from the first week in basic , even my Mum calls me Stilly probably because she can't remember my first name anymore.
 
#19
Hundreds here...with explanations where poss. Everybody in 3 RTR was known as Bert for some reason

http://www.greenflash.org.uk/bits/mynameis.html

Couple of favourites

Trigger - His dad shot his mum and then himself. Terrible and a very cruel nick name to which I think Goat Harris is to be blamed. Trigger understandably prefers to be known a Nick!!

Syndrome - chap called Downs (very cruel!)
 
#20
basso said:
The problem with nicknames, is that after a few years, that is all that you can remember of the blokes in your old photos. You well recall their antics and eccentricities, but surnames? not on your nellie.

Taffy, Jock, Paddy, Dusty, Ginger, Lofty et al,, spring out of the picture at you, but for the life of you, you cannot put a family name to them

A word of advice, which I know will fall on mainly deaf ears, write the blokes names on the back of your pictures. The years tick quickly by.
My Bold, In my many years of HM service I have never known anyone called 'Ginger' Unless they were a spunk-guzzling arse-bandit it was usually Gwar, Ginga, Stink-of-piss, etc.

Are you harbouring secret desires for the RAF? :wink:
 

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