Let’s have a random discussion about names.
With my family in town last weekend, I was reminded that, to them, I have a few names:
- Shelly Welly
- Michelle Michelle Comes From Hell
That last rhyme — it’s not really a name, I know– came as a joke from my brother, Brent. He came up with it years ago, along with a more flattering one for himself, which goes like this: Brent Brent Heaven Sent. Lately, though, he just calls me “Boo.” I get the feeling that he uses that one widely. At least Michelle Michelle Comes From Hell has a personal touch.
I always thought it would be cool to have a name that could be shortened to a guy’s name, like Sam for Samantha. I blame Alyssa Milano. *Lame alert* I thought her character on Who’s the Boss?, Samantha Micelli, was ultra cool.
The thing is, whenever someone calls me “Mitch” for short, I cringe. Mitch just does not sound good. It rhymes with a bad word and it seems so, I don’t know, butch. (I’m just putting two and two together and realizing that the worst nickname I can imagine might be Butchy Mitch. Or Bitchy Butch.)
I am, however, fond of some of the nicknames my friends have come up with, including but not limited to:
- M Squared
That last one comes from my friend Sarah. One of the first times we hung out, I attempted to explain how to pronounce my last name.
“It’s like how you’d say ‘filet mignon’ but with a’s.”
The ‘mignon’ part was too much, so she went with ‘filet.’ I dig it.
And that concludes my portion of this random discussion. Do you have a nickname you love or hate and would like to share? I’m all ears.
~Michelle “Filet” Magnan