Nicknames- Is it ethical?

India
March 29, 2007 12:39pm CST
Today we notice many persons get nick names even which they don't like to have in colleges,streets,parties etc. places given to them by their friends or other persons who want to tease them using these .For example people call a fat person fatty, a thin person thinner.many times people even start naming a person due to his/her habits . The person who is called by bad names even sometimes feel shy to go to some places where they think people would tease them by these ugly names. Why do people do this kind of a thing just to gain popularity or to just laugh or anything else? I think we all might be calling someone or the other by there nick names so i want every one to just think over that is this what we are doing is right or wrong?
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3 responses
• United States
29 Mar 07
Its not really a question of ethics, but you also brought up two different points. Calling some fatty or anything that would hurt someones feeleings isn't really a nickname its just picking on that person. I see a nickname as being something that all your friends at the party call you or the guys from school or your team or something. In response to your question about ethics. Obviously its not right to pick on someone, but why would a nickname be unethical? Its not used for anything besides a different name for the person. We live in a messed up society if people think a nickname is unethical.
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• India
29 Mar 07
Thanks a lot for response dear. But many a times, nicknames, which would have been amusing in the starting, become a nuisance for its bearer. Then the situation worsens.
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@msqtech (15075)
• United States
29 Mar 07
It sticks though when we insult people and they accept it.
• India
29 Mar 07
Generally, nicknames are added to a person based on either his physical attributes, distinct character traits,some incidents or for the heck of it. There is nothing ethical or unethical in the use of nicknames. In fact, this is the way friends addres each other in certain cultures, and this definitely helps reduce barriers. nicknames can be termed unethical when and if they are made with the sole purpose of hurting a person or bringing disrepute to the person.In that case, it is just as bad as any other form of physical offense.
@msqtech (15075)
• United States
29 Mar 07
I agree with you and the person shouldnt just accept it either.