The Variety and Universality of Nicknames https://mosaicmagazine.com/observation/history-ideas/2017/01/the-variety-and-universality-of-nicknames/

Different languages employ different methods of generating nicknames, but they all satisfy the same two needs: to show special affection and to demonstrate special intimacy.

January 5, 2017 | Philologos
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An 1884 of the United States showing the state nicknames. Wikipedia.

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