Tag Archives: nicknames

“Wavy Gravy”, “Pigpen”, “The Crazy Postman”, and other Nicknames from the Grateful Dead

Jun 13th, 2016

“Wavy Gravy”, “Pigpen”, “The Crazy Postman”, and other Nicknames from the Grateful Dead

While recently reading the new book “Deal” by Bill Kreutzmann, one of the drummers for the Grateful Dead, the first 100 pages of the book are replete with nicknames. Although I’m sure unintentional, Bill’s story reinforces both the power and the popularity of nicknames in American music and pop culture. The first time I saw the [...]

New Nicknames, Old Issue for the Current U.S. Presidential Campaign Playground

May 11th, 2016

New Nicknames, Old Issue for the Current U.S. Presidential Campaign Playground

Perhaps it is something we all learned on the playground, either directly or indirectly – nicknames matter. And sadly, for our country today, no one is more aware of this fact than the current democratic and republican campaigns. When Richard Nixon was running for the Senate in 1950, his nickname “Tricky Dick” cast a label [...]

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