A quick review of naming conventions: In this blog, I refrain from the use of nicknames, especially disparaging ones. I follow the normal convention of Full Name or Mr./Mrs./Ms./Mx.*/Lastname. If they hold or have held elected or appointed office or military rank, they get their title: Senator Name, General Othername. (The convention is you get the highest title you ever held.). After the first use, I will on occasion use the naked last name of a person. Simple, easy, no looking up who gets called what by whom in what context. (This is standard Press style; if you see a talking head using nicknames, they're offering opinion and not news -- caveat emptor.)
Growing up, I had classmates with nicknames -- "Buzz" (named for his supershort hair, but he grew up to be a stoner), "Stinky," even "Doodoo." Ha-ha, funny -- in grade school, which is where most of those names were applied and only a few stuck.
We're all grown up now -- yes, even those serving in the U. S. House of Representatives, despite evidence to the contrary -- and I prefer to let people's accomplishments and failings speak for themselves. Using someone's full name and title does not mean I like them. I think most people are idiots and most politicians are worse, but when I mention them I'm damned well going to tell and show why instead of resorting to silly slurs like "Frankenstein's illegitimate son" or "commie cheerleader." Being ugly or ditzy isn't the problem with with 'em, or at least it's only a problem for the poor sods who have to be around them. It's their ideas and actions I take issue with.
* Snicker all you like at the latest innovation in honorifics, but consider the arguments and awkwardness it avoids. Most people, I'd just as soon not know anyway and now I don't gotta. It's not like we're piping anyone aboard with a pink or blue flag as if they were visiting Admirals. "Sailor, run up the gray flag! And let's have two and a half sideboys..." Yeah, no.
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