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    "Slick. Sport. Champ. Chief. Ace. Tiger. Slugger. Hot Rod. Killer. Big Guy. . . .
    Maybe I am a touchy prick, but I'd almost be less offended if someone came up and kicked me in the nuts than if they called me one of these."

    REALLY ? :rolleyes:

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    I think I would rather be called a**hole or d**khead.At least thats straight forward not passive aggresive as Slick. Sport. Champ. Chief. Ace. Tiger. Slugger. Hot Rod. Killer. Big Guy.

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    John in CA,
    In every place I have worked; vernacular names, ethnic handles, or pet names are attached to everyone. The morning greeting at most of my jobsites has been something like,"Hey; hows' your old lady and my kids doin'?"

    In my current shop there is a fellow we refer to as 'Brain'. We once had three guys named Brian and his moniker stuck because of the character from the movie 'Escape from New York'. I am one of several Charlies and each is known as known as Hank, Butt Head, Sparky, etc. I generally answer to Dude, Madame, Crash, Sucka, etc.

    My former boss was known as 'Nelson'. The handle had to do with his looks and had nothing to do with his name. If you called him by his proper name; he would almost panic. Calling him Miachel would scare the hell out of him. I guess his mother used that term just before she put his lights out. He considered anything below profanity as a compliment.

    I personally refer to almost everyone as 'Guy'. 'Hi Guy' is my standard greeting to everyone, even before I look up to see who it is. A few women retort that they are a girl. The comeback is always 'whatever you say guy'.

    Most of the time if someone calls me sir, I bark back that I work for a living. They always respond 'Yes Mame'.

    I have worked in places where men were killed in an instant, by accident and stupidity. I worked in a factory where a good fellow brought in a 357 pistol and started shooting people. A few dead bodies on the floor puts a proper perspective on one's worldview. A little name calling does not make my meter even twitch.

    I worked in another plant where I drilled and tapped several dozen rifles, each fall. I then mounted scopes and boresighted them in the machine shop. Our plant manager gave me a box of shells and told me to make sure his rifle was ready to blast Bambi. I then walked from the machine shop and strolled down through the plant with his 300 magnum on my shoulder. I sighted in his rifle next to the main offices. For a 275 plus man operation, we were damn casual. The chatter over our radios and PA speaker would get a lot more than a PG-13 rating. Our corporate president was run from the maintenance shop because he didn't bring enough booze and hookers for everyone.

    If you are working on a construction sight; your skin will not be so thin. If you do not know who the fellow in front of you is, you say something like 'Hi Guy'. If you know them, you say something funny or insulting. Hosing a friend off a sidewalk demands strong drinks and a rhino hide. Ethnic slights and crude humor keep strong men from crying.

    If I am staring intently at my mill with one hand on the emergency stop and the other hand polishing the pause button; I am not going to look at who has just come in. You will hear 'Hi Guy' from me every time. Life is too short to put up with those that have PMS twenty-nine days every month.

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    Unhappy

    Somewhat depending on where you reside it's been my experience especially as of late that people in general are way too uptight, take offense at the drop of a hat, and pretty much equate anything that doesn't involve kissing their a## one side up the other as a sign of disrespect. I call it the 'too many people with too many issues' syndrome. A lot of insecurity out there. Typically gets worse in larger cities where you have transplants from the four corners of the union that are for all intents and purposes in social shell-shock by the sheer numbers of bodies around them. They just don't know how to get along with anybody anymore because of the snowballing over the top pissed off reactions of the aforementioned. It's like a chain reaction as it were.

    Point being these days you gotta be extra-careful what you say to anyone at anytime unless you live in a pocket of Americana where everyone knows your name and taking offense at something really requires a major faux paux on your part.

    I think it's sorta like the death of a sense of humor to be quite honest about it and so many folks are definitely hellbent to kill it real well. Must be the stressed out PC times we live in I suppose.

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    Where I work, we are BRUTAL with each other. We call each other the worst names we can think of. Homophobic to racial, you name it. Pretty funny, actually. We are all trying to see if we can actually anger each other. Years later, hasnt happened yet. We figure that we spend more time around each other than anyone else so might as well take everything with a grain of salt.

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    What I see is people these days are looking for ways to be offended.
    You can walk by me and call me dick head, and you''ll get a "thats Mr dick head to you" right back at ya. I choose not to be offended. there for, you cant get my goat. Its that easy.
    People need to quit being sissies and grow a hide again


    Jim
    (aka Mr dick head)

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    Arrow I don't think you guys quite get it.

    It's not so much being called something insulting, as being called something that's meant to be insulting, pretending like it's friendly. My group of friends are like that too, where we have some nicknames for each other that sound really insulting, but we know how it's meant. It's the people say "big guy" but mean fat a$$, or something else they want to say, but can't. My brother is butt munch, he calls me all sorts of stuff (like dumb a$$), and it's OK because we know how it's meant. It's one thing to have nicknames that are totally politically incorrect, it's workplace humor. When I worked construction, that was the most foul mouthed bunch I've EVER heard. Our nicknames on that crew were the WORST sounding things, but nobody took it seriously. You just KNOW when somebody is using a "friendly moniker" to be insulting. You can hear it in their voice, see it in thier facial expressions, and they CAN'T hide it. It's NOT as simple as what's coming out of their mouth. Sometimes people do it not realizing that I know what they mean, and figure it out through my attitude toward them. There's more to it than being touchy, if you say "hi guy" to everybody, I'm sure nobody who knows you minds.

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    John in Ca,
    Nicknames like these are used wherever you might go to work. The more you take exception to them the the worse it gets. I'd be happy to have answered to just about any mentioned here during my working years. My last name is Bates and shortly after puberty the first person thought it would be original to call me "Masterbates". They all think they were the first to think of it. Like the boy named Sue, if I'd got to bent out of shape about it, I'd have been too busy Brawling to hold down a job. This sort of thing is just human nature and there's no sense letting it ruin your day or career.
    lwbates That's lw, not master!

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    Junkyardj nails it again, it's not the name, it's the intent. I'm not a thin skinned person. I've worked residential construction, in oilfield pressure vessel fabrication shops, and in the oilfields themselves, and yes, we used to call each other the most foul names under the sun. In the welding shop I worked in, disputes between coworkers were handled out by the train tracks on lunch break and usually forgotten by the end of the shift. This behavior I'm talking about is one of very few that gets under my skin. The difference between it and good natured ribbing is immediately apparent when you hear it.

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    Just ask to borrow $5.00 every time someone says "Hey Chief, slick, whatever..."

    Believe me, they'll lose sleep trying to strategise how to avoid you.

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    In my area of the Uk everyone is called hinny,bonny lad or bonny lass if you'r female in the workshop. It dosen't matter if you are 16 or 60 no one takes offense.
    MBB

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    Ah yes, the not-so-subtle differences between those of us who carry a Glock with laser sighting and those who carry Billy clubs.

    In London, a guy said, "Whoops, excuse me, my bottom burped..."

    In L.A., a guy said, "OH YEAH, breath deep everyone, I just flushed my gut with that one.."

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    Default I got nuthin'

    I don't have much to contribute to this discussion except to say I agree with those including John, that, yes those terms suck, my personal one is from the South where my Grandfather or father would call me "boy" and make me feel like I had just been called lover of my mother and sucker of male genitalia. All you can do is ignore it and move on. I gotta say that Metalbiz's post almost made me cry I laughed so bad. Jeez-us that was funny.

    Jim

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    maybe your just being over sensitive peanut

    if you really don't like what someone calls you
    say
    don't call me that

    if they keep it up

    find out what piss's them off and do that

    then you can both be miserable all day:rolleyes:


    point being
    it's your job
    you have to be there every day
    best not to hate it or the people

    the world don't care if you hot a belly ache
    so quit eatin' sour grapes

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    Thats the thing, if people call you something annoying just to be annoying, return the favour it soon ends. If its just a salutation because they can't remember your name or a habit it doesn't bother me at all.
    Someone i know took great delight calling me phillippe (my real name is phil) since I bought a place in france, and it really grates on me, and he was doing it to tick me off. Trouble is his name is simon, and its almost pronounced "semen" in french. He dropped the whole thing after I retorted "and how is semen today, wriggling well?" a few times. In fact he got his mum to ring and say she named her boy simon pronounced the english way and could I stop offending him (the guys 30!). I still call him it the odd time to rankle him, and yes we didnt let him live down getting his mum involved
    Mostly people call me fluff, fluffer or fluffy, which beats the hell out of being called some of the other things that stuck in the past.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lwbates View Post
    John in Ca,
    My last name is Bates and shortly after puberty the first person thought it would be original to call me "Masterbates". They all think they were the first to think of it.
    lwbates That's lw, not master!
    Yep, went through the same thing at a early age. Never really bothered me as I would always reply, that they were just jealous that I could.

    As far as handles, pet names or whatever the case, never been a bother to me but then most folks I've dealt with seem to use them to be friendly, hell come to think of it I call the the three big boss at work Bobo or Bucky at times on the phone or in person. Needless to say, I've been there a while. Although out of respect for our customers I use Sir or their correct names if I'm referring to them or we are standing in a group discussing a project with a customer. Like many things, there are times and places for everything. Really depends on the person though, my dispatch manager is called by his name and nothing else. Like him, think the world of him but he's not the type to cotton to anything but his name.

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    [quote=MrFluffy
    Mostly people call me fluff, fluffer or fluffy, which beats the hell out of being called some of the other things that stuck in the past.[/quote]

    I hope your not a "fluffer" as in related to the porn industry.

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    I think a lot of times (at least for me) it's a case of age related CRS. I stand in front of someone & there name goes out the window. I know other people that call everybody the same knickname. Friend of mine calls most everybody hoss. I ask him about it one time & he allowed that so many people knew him & half the time he couldn't remember there name. Got another friend that calls me hamster dick, still not sure about that one? At least I think he's my friend? Not sure who's been talking?

    Paul

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    Default BabyFace Johnson

    'Ya just gotta put on your armor and shield when you walk in the shop. If you let it get to you, you'll go buggo. Every newspaper on Earth showcases guys who let this stuff get to 'em- as headlines. Being prickly and touchy goes back as far as the human race. "Bud, Sport, Junior" remarks almost always ended up in some kind of duel....rock, spear, sword, rocket launcher.....and it's always worse in a "free country". Always. Ben Franklin used to shake his head about how many stinking duels were going on at any one time......duels from "insults".

    I just like to play with it. Have fun. When I hear something that really yanks me, I start yelling--- in Swedish. Enjoy!

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    Good stuff you guys... I guess what it really boils down to is that there's only one person's behavior I can do anything about and that's mine. And most of my pet peeves boil down to my own insecurities. This one's probably no different.
    Metalbiz that's a great idea about borrowing five bucks from these jokers every time I see them.
    I'm not apologizing to that vendor, though. He's kind of a d*uchebag any way you look at it.


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