Saturday, October 28, 2006

Franny and Tranny


What are the qualifications for a good nickname? All guys I know seem to have one, and yet they are the most random and meaningless names ever! So last night my friends and I made nicknames for our friends Francisco and Orlando 'the transformer' (aka Chino Latino) that they rapidly abhorred and rejected. What could possibly be wrong with Franny and Tranny?!?

9 comments:

Linus said...

the pictures help !

Linus said...

what could possibly be wrong ? - well, the main problem is; it's not 'Chaka.'
after that, it just doesn't really matter.

Special K said...

Well, we can't all be named Chaka, now can we?

Linus said...

i don't see whY not

Chaka said...

It's been awhile since I read Mosen Millan, but isn't the nickname for Francisco "Paco"?

Also, "Tranny" is already taken. By a certain demographic.

Special K said...

First, wow. The fact that you even remembered one person's name from that book is astounding! Second, laugh if you will, but what people group has taken "tranny"? Third, what are the requirements for a good nickname?

Pirate Jimmy said...

I'd suggest some people use "tranny" as a slang word, often derogative, for "transvestite."

Special K said...

Oh. Never would'a thought of that one.

Chaka said...

Anatoly Liberman might suggest that a good nickname would employ sound symbolism. The sounds of the name seem to fit the personality.

To cite two examples, I think the sounds in "Chaka" suggest something light and quick, while those in "Weez" suggest something smooth and cool.