American Nicknames: Their Origin and Significance

American Nicknames: Their Origin and Significance

American Nicknames: Their Origin and Significance

American Nicknames: Their Origin and Significance

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The revised edition of American Nicknames comprises a consolidation of much of the material in the original edition plus new information about nicknames of recent or contemporary interest. In order to confine the new edition to a single volume of manageable length, many of the items from the original edition have been considerably abbreviated, and a change has been made in footnote style. This arrangement, while retaining all valuable source material, has permitted the condensation of references to any one source.

References to the nicknames of athletic teams of state teachers colleges and junior colleges have been largely eliminated in this edition, as have been such self-explanatory nicknames as "Doc" or "Red" for individuals or "Aggies" for teams belonging to agricultural colleges. Information about contemporaries mentioned in the 1937 edition has been brought up to date wherever possible. Supplementary information is given wherever the individual has continued to remain in the public eye. Nicknames of nationally prominent people since 1937 include such personalities as President Eisenhower, the late General Joseph Stilwell, and Mrs. Anna Moses.

The author again acknowledges a debt of gratitude to the various librarians and officials of the Library of Congress, where the research and the writing of most of the revised edition were done, for their kindness, consideration, and assistance in securing source material difficult to obtain; to the reference librarians at the central desk in the Library of Congress who often reported nicknames which they found in connection with their work; to the many individuals who took the time to answer questionnaires and to supply data otherwise; to Paul Thorne of Troy, Tenn., who interviewed, for the author, some prominent West Tennesseans to gather needed information; and to Captain Victor Hunt Harding, Secretary of the National Democratic Congress Reelection Committee at Washington, D.C., who kindly supplied data on the nicknames of contemporary United States senators and congressmen.

GEORGE EARLIE SHANKLE

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