This week's Brain Game: Vote now!

This week's Brain Game: Vote now!

What nicknames have you ever had or given to others?

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brain game nov 2011
Photo: Nora Tam/SCMP
Adrian Ng Ming-fung, 16, Kwun Tong Maryknoll College

The funniest nickname that I ever had was D. D. Duck - it was the brand name of my pencil box which had been my dad's during his schooldays. It has a special meaning to me - as if my dad is going through the ups and downs in my school life with me. That's why I like my classmates calling me D. D. Duck.

Rosemarie Ho, 15, Baptist Lui Ming Choi Secondary School

It all started when a friend tried (note the emphasis on "try") to show off her French. She came into my room and said: "Comment allez-vous, mon petit chou?" I hadn't the faintest idea what mon petit chou meant, so I asked. The answer sent us into a laughing fit, and hence, I was affectionately known as Little Cabbage.

Joe Cheng Ka-lok, 16, Sheng Kung Hui Tsang Shiu Tim Secondary School

I have had a couple of nicknames over the years. I am also good at giving out nicknames as I enjoy playing with words. When I was about six, my parents nicknamed me "monkey" because they thought I looked like one - I was skinny, with a pair of bright eyes and a big mouth. What's more, they thought I was as energetic and lovely as a monkey. Whenever they got upset, I used to grimace at them and dance in front of them to cheer them up.

Catherine Wang, 12, Chinese International School

Since the name Catherine doesn't tend to inspire a lot of nicknames besides Cathy, I haven't received a whole lot of them in my life. (I would have objected to them anyway - I find the abbreviations of my name rather annoying.) I have loved giving creative nicknames, though, and have come up with lots for my friends and family.

Jayson Paolo Albano, 16, La Salle College

I study in a school full of local kids, so it naturally happens that my name is pronounced in a thick Chinese accent. It kind of evolved from Jayson Albano to Jie-sun Au-bun-lo and I've become pretty familiar with that now. Oh, and my English-speaking friends changed Paolo into "Pablo", so no, there isn't a syllable in my name that hasn't been changed.

Jasmine Chan Sze-wing, 13, St Rose of Lima's College

When I was a baby, my parents used to call me Bee-bee. It was because I always made a buzzing sound like bees and it annoyed my parents, especially at nighttime. I was also well-known as Big-Eyes Dolly because of my pair of big eyes. My classmates always praised my glittering eyes!

Eugene Wong Jun-yen, 18, Paoc Ka Chi Secondary School

Hi, my name is Eugene, pronounced you-gene, not you-Jean. I'm not a girl and I don't have superpowers like the red-head in X-men. It's just one more syllable. Please, don't be lazy. It's not Rou-jian nor Juk-dzin either - I have nothing to do with "meat-fried". I'm still raw. Please, I just know Chinese and English, not in-between. Thank you.

Yuen Hui-ling, 16, Diocesan Girls' School

It should really be "What nicknames have you NOT had?" in my case. People had a hard time pronouncing my Chinese name, and me not having a proper English name, makes it that much more frustrating for my friends. So they've made it their mission to come up with names for me. They even tried naming me after maths terms!

Nanor Wong Si-yee, 17, St Margaret's Co-educational English Secondary School

Shorty is a nickname that people used on me, and one that I despised. It used to get me down because I felt inferior. But maybe God wants people to know that even if you're short, you can still do great things. And he wants you to prove that. But for that to be done, you have to accept it yourself.

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