Giving someone an affectionate (9 times out of 10 it is bestowed with love... on the rare occasion... it is not) moniker is something I've always done.
Once in a great while, someone might escape my giving them (an) additional name(s).
My DollinkHubby's fam-of-origin lack for fun nicknames, save for traditional shortened versions of their formal names.
I myself can own up to having at least a dozen nicknames. And I actually like the majority of those monikers.
Got a nickname - or twelve?
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