Copyright (c) 2015 Maney Publishing
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
A character in a short story titled “The Referees,” by Joseph O’Neill, proposes the form of a term for any unwanted hypocoristic nicknaming, such as Mike for Michael, simply the nickname in question verbed and suffixed with -ing, so, in this example, Miking. The unwanted nickname reflects a speaker’s verdictive illocutionary meaning, but, as a perlocutionary response to the presumptuous nicknaming act, NICKNAME + -ing resists that meaning or its legitimacy. At least, it identifies the act, for which previously there was no handy term.
- Adams, Michael. 2008. “Nicknames, Interpellation, and Dubya’s Theory of the State.” Names 56: 206–220.
- Adams, Michael. 2009a. “Power, Politeness, and the Pragmatics of Nicknames.” Names 57: 81–91.
- Adams, Michael. 2009b. Slang: The People’s Poetry. New York: Oxford University Press.
- Anderson, John M. 2007. The Grammar of Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
- Cleese, John. 2014. So, Anyway … New York: Crown.
- Clark, Eve V., and Herbert H. Clark. 1979. “When Nouns Surface as Verbs.” Language 55: 767–811.
- O’Neill, Joseph. 2014. “The Referees.” The New Yorker (September 1): 64–67.