Day 19- Nicknames you have and why you have them
I have had many nicknames over the years!
Kat – The obvious first one began at around 13, when I started playing an online MUD (yes, I’m a nerd) and wanted to try and be a little private about my real name (the internet is a scary place, y’all!). I’d had this odd obsession with the name Katarina for as long as I can remember.. it just seemed so grand and romantic and exotic compared to Katie. I was nervous about revealing too much about myself at the time, so I decided to adopt it, and it spun from there. I started using it more and more with online accounts and then more in real-life situations, and then… well, the rest is history. I adopted the stage name Kat McKenzie for songwriting at around the same time.
Stargirl – Coined by my big brother when I was looking for a name for the MUD. Love stars. Enough said, really.
Gypsy – Blame Davinia for this one. Her favourite Fleetwood Mac song was Gypsy, and she sort of saw me as a nomad and free spirit. I’m unfortunately a lot more grounded and less hippyish than I was as a teenager, but I still like the name and have used it a little on and off.
Kitkat, kittykat – Yeah. Pretty self-explanatory. Many a user of these and other cat-related jokes.
Kate/flossy/chick – My mother only.
Sis – My brother only.
Katie-potatie – My sister (and now her children) only.
Can’t think of any others but people are very fond of giving them to me, so this may be amended at a later date…