It's not runes, it's just: Fun with Dictionaries

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THE BOOKSTORE: Skylight Books, Los Angeles
THE DICTIONARY: American Heritage Dictionary, Fourth Edition, 2000
THE WORD: "loopy"

c.1390, probably of Celtic origin (cf. Gael. lub "bend," Ir. lubiam), influenced by O.N. hlaup "a leap, run." In ref. to magnetic recording tape or film, first recorded 1931. Computer programming sense first attested 1947. The verb meaning "to form a loop" is first recorded 1856. Looped "drunk" is from 1934; loopy "crazy" is from 1925. To loop the loop (1902) originally was a stunt of bicycle-riding. (thank you, Online Etymology Dictionary)

Ok. So, "loopy"--I used to know a girl nicknamed this. I never found out why, or if I was hearing it incorrectly--because even if it had been something else (like Lupe), in the Midwest we draw those vowels right out, giving the umlaut treatment whenever possible. But perhaps nicknames aren't meant to be exactly inviolable. If you're famous, infamous, or just plain unpopular enough, chances are you've been the recipient of a nickname. And nicknames, being the intrinsic property of others, seem to beg derivations: Hoss becomes Jefe becomes General Excelsior (perhaps a ridiculous route).

In eighth grade a band of Heathers adopted me as an extremely ancillary member, and christened me Tabük. The etymology of this is foggy to me now, though most certainly it involved some meme leftover from a group science project. It died off by high school, but I have to say I kind of missed it, even if was supposed to mark me as, um, loopy. (If you have Stockholm Syndrome at all, you cling to crumbs!)

So first of all a) am I psychic and was your day especially loopy? and b) did you ever have a nickname and was it ever butchered by others?

October 30, 2007 - 5:01pm
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