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Naming your family pet is always a fun experience. It can be a lot less serious and leaves more room for creativity than say naming a child.
We often spend chunks of time weighing up what to call the newest member of our family. But after such deliberation, it seems we rarely call them by the name we’ve painstakingly chosen. Instead we opt for handfuls of names suitable for almost any occasion. Each with their own tone and nuance. They range from cute to generic, and plenty in-between.
Inspired by recent Twitter chats, here’s how you might create a series of nicknames.
Holly Eindhoven (a name I gave a chicken, Dutch breed)
Theodore Morgan, get down from the window now.
(Add a middle name for the very worst-case scenario.)
Lord Keith / Keithington
Roger poo poo
Edgar Allen Poe
You might get an odd look calling out your pet’s nickname in public. But no other animal will make fun of their ridiculous name, “Little squish”, will they?
How many different names do you have for your pet? And how do you come up with them?
Woolworths was lovingly referred to as Woolies in homes up and down the UK. Wilkinson’s renamed to Wilko. Many people drop the WH from WH Smiths. It’s worth considering how your brand name could be changed without your say-so when you’re brainstorming what to call your business.
If you need help with your words, get in touch.
Leigh James (that’s me) is a Senior Freelance Copywriter.
Photo credit – Glenn Fisher. That’s Pablo, Pabs, Beezey, Beezey Pabs, Pibs, Mr Pabdog, the list goes on.