When you are younger it is cool to shorten your friend's name. Find a word that reflects them as a person. A nickname. I thought you would outgrow this "name" calling, but to my surprise it keeps going well into your 30's. I actually think it gets somewhat cooler to give a friend in their 30's a nickname.
As a child growing up I was called;
hayles, hayz, comet, smiley, shiner, choccie, (this was because I would always go brown in summer, like a chocolate), and weirdo, (this surprisingly was a nice nickname).
As an adult I am known as;
hayles, (this is my classic nickname, the name that never dies), habbles, hayles bum, looooooser (a new one written on my takeaway coffee cup from my local cafe), bleaseeeee, blease, and hab.
I have no doubt there are more. There would be the rude names that people may call me under their breath or the nice names also under ones breath that I do not hear. Well one can only hope for that one. An art of the nickname starts from the parents and is handed down to siblings, other family members, friends, and then passed onto complete strangers.
Taj : Tajeee, Joannie, TJ, bubba, Taj bum, Mr T, master Taj, and all the rude words Keely calls her brother under her breath, that mum still hears.
Keely : KT, poppet, princess, (that is the one that I don't think will ever go), and Poppy.
I love a good nickname. The name that is nice. What was your favourite for you, and if you have little people what are their nicknames?