Monday, August 22, 2011

Teasing part 2: Famous nicknames

Name calling is one of the many faces of bullying. These words can emotionally scar worse than a physical scar. But I remembered there was a famous baseball player called “Schnozz.” Now I wonder if this nickname was started by some bully when he was a kid. I mean, I could see where kids could be bothered by being called “Gimpy”, “Fatty”, “Stinky.” Yet, each of these are nicknames for famous ball players. When did this name-calling turn into a famous nickname? Were they ever bothered by these names? Check out these famous nicknames. Would you consider any of them mean?

Have we learned that certain nicknames are inappropriate and hurtful? Or have some of us made our kids too sensitive? How and where do we draw the line?

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