Pen/PenniferHen/Hennifer--which is fun, because it sounds like heffer.
Scrubby--Once upon a time, Brooke and I were co-writing an article for the Jr. High newspaper and in the spellcheck, that word was the closest word to my last name. Several very random people called me Scrubby. I rejoice at its death.
Jez--i don't remember how this one came about. ash, what is it? jezball?
Jeb (when i feel like a mountain man)
and similarly, Jed. Jed is also my name when I have a cold.
I'm starting to think these are just nicknames i call myself, which is lame & a little sad.
I also have several nicknames that make no sense. Sometimes they are born through various roundabout ways, similar to the way Michael Scott comes up with nicknames for people. (Roger, for Daryl Philbin...then Regis... then Rege.. then Rodge.. then Roger.)
I also have a male name for when I a) cut my hair really really short and wear a baseball hat (i.e. when i did that circa 1996) and b) if i'm sick and/or have a low raspy voice and sound like a man. This name is: Jimmy.
Sean calls me Jenders, which I like. Hmm. Should i feel like a hermaphrodite? I don't, fortunately.
Interestingly, you may think I dislike being called Jennifer. I don't. I like my name. But i think that i like when people call me Jen because I am a very informal person. In the way i talk, behave, etc. So it's nice to feel familiar to someone who i may not really know that well. It kind of feels to me like, hey, we're friends already. But, i like being called Jennifer too. It seems like nowadays i'm mostly Jen and so when i do get a Jennifer, that has almost become endearing now.
When i was dating Sean, i really needed to come up with a nickname for him but Sean can't really be shortened. Then one day, because Sean will always love the skinny jokes, the most brilliant nickname for him came to me: Scrawn. HAHA! I loved it so much except he hated it and since i was trying to get him to marry me, i stopped. But man, it's a winner.
Some people do not like nicknames. This is hard for me but I can learn to hold back. Also, some people don't like it when mere acquaintances call them by nicknames as they might be reserved for close friends and family only. What do you think? And what are some of yours?