My husband, the Greek God(zilla), has many nicknames. His full name, Panagiotis, requiring some effort to pronounce correctly.
To his old school friends, he is Pan-yotti. His friends from University call him Yotes. At the office, he is Pan. To BB, it’s just P.
The first Greek word that YiaYia taught me was Mourmoros, which is Grenglish speak for grumpy man. She obviously thought that I’d need to use it one day.
To 4-year old Barney, he is Pam. I’m not sure if Barney simply misheard or that he thinks he is a girl. Either way, Barney’s parents have stopped correcting him, because it makes them laugh.
On holiday in Barbados a few years ago, a French-Canadian couple, pronounced his name as Pain. Every morning by the pool it was, “Morning Pain”. I might have tried to correct them… but it seemed rather apt.
But, by far the best name given to my husband was on the recent 7th XI cricket tour. When ‘run out’ (cricket speak) by team bestie, Nick Rochford (ouch), the Greek God(zilla) threw his bat to the ground in fury and earned the name Pangry, for the rest of the tour.
This cracked me up so much, that I amused myself for a whole hour just thinking up more words to ‘Pan-up’ and created my own little Panencyclopedia.
Pangry – an emotion expressed when everyday, harmless events are seemingly conspiring against you
Panecdote – a long story, usually involving the subject of cricket, that causes the listener to drift off to ones happy place
Panti-climax – I think this one speaks for itself, really
Panalyze – a tendency to examine trivial actions of others (van drivers, First Capital Connect staff) in minute detail in order to uncover a conspiracy against you
Pangelic – a facial expression used when consumed the last of Zachy’s breadsticks/juice/dinner/easter eggs
Pangst – a feeling that almost immediately follows Pangelic
Panimated – an expression most commonly used during F1/Masters/World Cup/Open/Ashes tournaments or after 3 pints of Bishops Finger
Pankle – opposite to cankle (Kate Moss, for example, could be said to have Pankles. I could not)
Panonymous – deeds you never admit to, but everyone knows is you
Panorexia – not eating after 10pm, or lying about it if you do
Pantagonist – to actively oppose everything your wife/mum/sister/friend/colleague says, just to be annoying
Panthem – GOLD, Spandau Ballet. The Living Daylights, A-Ha. Womanizer, Britney Spears.
And I wouldn’t have him any other way.
And then there’s probably the best name of all…
What names do you call the people in your life?