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Although nicknaming among teenagers and nicknaming among Arab adults has been studied, nicknaming among Arab teenagers has not. Nicknames of their peers were collected from Kuwaiti teenagers, and Kuwaiti undergraduates judged the nicknames as derogatory, affectionate or neutral. In spite of religious injunctions against the practice, hurtful nicknames were the most common and females were as likely as males to receive uncomplimentary nicknames. Nicknames were also classified as based on appearance or on personality/behaviors, and how they reflected local or western culture. Iraq's invasion of Kuwait and practices arising out of rapid oil-funded development are presented as possible explanations for some of the results.
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