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Offline yrammy

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Caver's Nick Names
« on: October 17, 2018, 02:17:13 pm »
So many cavers seem to have nick names - an I dont mean forum names only names they actually go by. My hubby's real name was John but I only knew him as Bosh. Then in Derbyshire again there was Buster.  Some seem to be caving related too. Know any good ones? 

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Re: Caver's Nick Names
« Reply #1 on: October 17, 2018, 04:21:13 pm »
Bograt - don't know if the nickname could be called a 'good' one, however I know he's still looking at the forum - hello Bograt!  :)

Not to mention the Bolton Speleo Club....Big Nose for example....

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Re: Caver's Nick Names
« Reply #2 on: October 17, 2018, 04:59:08 pm »
Still here Pegasus, I also recall Wabbit, Dreg, J.Rat, Tunnel Tiger, and of course Teapot.

The first time my name arose was at college in the early '70s, it then dropped off for a while and I was known as T.Dan, Bograt then re-emerged from a totally different source in the later '70's so I figured it wasn't worth fighting.
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Re: Caver's Nick Names
« Reply #3 on: October 17, 2018, 06:16:22 pm »
I’ve been the Boy Engineer since 1976. With minor changes (a ‘Failed’ was appended following an unsuccessful spell at Camborne School of Mines), the nickname remains in use. With my recent change in employment status, perhaps it should be updated to Boy Engineer (Retired).

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Re: Caver's Nick Names
« Reply #4 on: October 17, 2018, 07:33:23 pm »
.... Not to mention the Bolton Speleo Club....Big Nose for example....

Yeh - what happened to Big Nose? I'd love to get back in touch....
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Re: Caver's Nick Names
« Reply #5 on: October 17, 2018, 07:50:38 pm »
My old club WMCEG had tons of good ones ...

Clint, Compo, Bucket, Cabbage, Pixie, Shenstone Kid, Captain Pugwash, Shylock, Nancy, Grunt, Runt, Nasty, Toffee Apple, Cisco, Piggy, God, Honky, Sid, Kylie, Petal, Pope, Sissy, Colon

I still don't know the real names of half of them ... ;D

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Re: Caver's Nick Names
« Reply #6 on: October 17, 2018, 08:27:02 pm »
(Brain like a bag of) Spanners - coined by Neil Dean in the late 70s  ;D

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Re: Caver's Nick Names
« Reply #7 on: October 17, 2018, 08:38:05 pm »
I never knew Beardy had a "real" name before the latest Northern caves came out!
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Re: Caver's Nick Names
« Reply #8 on: October 17, 2018, 11:13:51 pm »
My favourite is not really caving  related. There was a lad at school called Brad. A few years older than me.  Everyone called him Brad. Years later I was working in a bar he frequented, and he was still called Brad. However, one day someone referred to him as Anthony or some such,  causing a bit of confusion. Anyhow, it transpires that he moved to our school from Bradford the week after the tragic stadium fire and kids being as cruel as they can be, had instantly associated him having started the fire, and hence the sudden move of address.  His nickname became Brad which has extended into his adult life. 
He was a laconic kind of guy so I can see how he probably just rolled with it.

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Re: Caver's Nick Names
« Reply #9 on: October 18, 2018, 02:17:12 am »
Our club went through a spate of Tonys and currently has a surfeit of Daves.
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Re: Caver's Nick Names
« Reply #10 on: October 18, 2018, 08:53:18 am »
And Caddis, dalek, Zot,   

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Re: Caver's Nick Names
« Reply #11 on: October 18, 2018, 08:55:36 am »
Hey Bograt. Your were T Dan d Dan Dan Dan!  And Wingnut!

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Re: Caver's Nick Names
« Reply #12 on: October 18, 2018, 10:22:18 am »
"Bog" (Bergmann) of the Eldon, works in a plumbers merchants and has a smelly bottom.

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Re: Caver's Nick Names
« Reply #13 on: October 18, 2018, 02:44:11 pm »
Fish (renown cave diver), Poison Dwarf...
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Re: Caver's Nick Names
« Reply #14 on: October 18, 2018, 03:26:49 pm »
Ziek, shag, mc anus, pegasus club. Dumbo, mouse, torch, scoop, Luton Ron, epc

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Re: Caver's Nick Names
« Reply #15 on: October 18, 2018, 03:34:17 pm »
Moose, Pongo Pete, Thunder Thighs, Droid.....
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Re: Caver's Nick Names
« Reply #16 on: October 18, 2018, 07:26:13 pm »
When I started caving after being introduced to the MNRC I was still living in S.London.  I had no car at the time although occasionally borrowed my mother's car. Someone suggested that a fellow member lived not far from me and it was worth giving him a call to see if he wanted to share transport. The name given was Angus and a telephone number, I don't think I'd met the chap at that stage, so rang the number to introduce myself. A young lady answered the phone,  and the conversation went something like:-

Y.L - Hello.
Me - Is Angus there?
Y.L puzzled reply - Erm! I think  :confused: you've got the wrong number??
Me - Ah! Hang on a minute, you may not be know him as Angus.
Y.L - Do you mean Dave?
Me - Erm! Er! Probably   :unsure: .
Y.L - He's not here at the moment, you could try again later.

I don't think I managed to connect with him for a lift to Mendip at that time.

A few other caving colleague's nick names:-
Mushroom, Womble or STW, Spike, Technical, Mud, Tav, Gonzo, Peoples, Droid, Barkerette, TL, Tuffty, Nik Nak, Hamish, Dangerous Dave, Pikey & Denzil oh wait - that's his real name - story number .....


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Re: Caver's Nick Names
« Reply #17 on: October 18, 2018, 07:43:56 pm »
MSG had two divers in the early days. George and Sprack. After calling Sprack "Sprack" for ages I was walking up to Meregill with him and we stopped at a stile.
"Sprack, whats your real name? says I.
"Paul Atkinson" says Sprack.
If you dont mind me asking - how did you come to be called Sprack? I retorted.
"It started at school and it stuck" says Sprack.
Well........what does it mean? I questioned.
"F*** knows - I never found out" Sprack answers.

This was about 35 years ago and if Sprack reads this it would be nice to hear from him.
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Re: Caver's Nick Names
« Reply #18 on: October 19, 2018, 09:11:20 am »
A few other caving colleague's nick names:-
Mushroom, Womble or STW, Spike, Technical, Mud, Tav, Gonzo, Peoples, Droid, Barkerette, TL, Tuffty, Nik Nak, Hamish, Dangerous Dave, Pikey & Denzil oh wait - that's his real name - story number .....

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Re: Caver's Nick Names
« Reply #19 on: October 19, 2018, 10:24:44 am »
"Stick" of the Eldon too (tall and skinny)

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« Reply #20 on: October 19, 2018, 05:48:37 pm »
No-ones mentioned Wacker yet, he was a caver once!, also Spud and Groins, both sadly missed characters from the Orpheus.
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Re: Caver's Nick Names
« Reply #21 on: October 19, 2018, 10:12:49 pm »
Dunca of the Eldon (and his names not duncan!)

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Re: Caver's Nick Names
« Reply #22 on: October 20, 2018, 09:17:06 am »
Loving all your replies.  I feel a Descent article coming on LOL

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Re: Caver's Nick Names
« Reply #23 on: October 20, 2018, 09:44:08 am »
Grim, moose, PB, whelk, Bishop, steans, Broad ie, slug..

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Re: Caver's Nick Names
« Reply #24 on: October 20, 2018, 03:12:23 pm »
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Re: Caver's Nick Names
« Reply #25 on: October 21, 2018, 01:21:11 pm »
 Soppy, Worm, Wormlet, Shag Nasty, Batlake, Torchy, Jimmy Orange,Fluff,
Biro man, Mini man, Rungs, Grotty, Icarus, Dusty, Slimey Youth, Broady,
Ammo, Pyjama Bill, Sulo, Thatch, 3Bad.  Could include other half T   The T-Bag.


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Re: Caver's Nick Names
« Reply #26 on: October 21, 2018, 07:39:20 pm »
My dad used to know a Yorkshire caver called 'SF', short for shit-face.

The story went that he and his mates had been in the pub one night and some random voice shouted out 'Hey Shitface!', upon which SF dramatically spun his head about to see who'd said it.

Think he might have a Craven member.
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« Reply #27 on: October 29, 2018, 10:15:18 am »
"Stick" of the Eldon too (tall and skinny)
Not brown and sticky then...
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Re: Caver's Nick Names
« Reply #28 on: October 29, 2018, 02:08:20 pm »
Slug from the Bolton Speleo is my favourite.

His long term partner was once asked why the name. Its simple she replied with a chuckle "he is dirty, slimy and horrible and leaves a path of destruction wherever he goes!"

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« Reply #29 on: October 31, 2018, 03:17:22 am »
On the Eldon expedition to the PSM in 1973, we all got badly sunburnt, traipsing around the Anialarra lapiaz - except for Wayne Rickett, who appeared to have been bleached - hence the short-lived nickname "Expedition Corpse"
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Re: Caver's Nick Names
« Reply #30 on: October 31, 2018, 01:33:58 pm »
Two I've come across recently but have no idea of their real names are Hatstand (of Wessex C.C.) and Footleg.

As far as I know all Bailey's are nicknamed "Spud", hence Spud Bailey from the Orpheus.  It's like all White's were nicknamed "Chalky".  I'd always understood these nicknames (and some others like them),  came originally from the army.

Don't know how "Coke" arose but that's the nickname of a guy in Orpheus.

Icarus and Grotty were the two Dave Gill's from Eldon weren't they?  I'd always understood "Wingnut" referred to the size of the chap's ears but I didn't know his real name.

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Re: Caver's Nick Names
« Reply #31 on: November 01, 2018, 12:17:39 am »
Well this gives me the opportunity - so what is it about Tpot? This is the Cambridge Dictionary definition:
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teapot
noun [C] uk ​ /ˈtiː.pɒt/ us ​ /ˈtiː.pɑːt/
A container for making and serving tea with a handle and a shaped opening for pouring

But what's the real story? Possibly from the horse's mouth? Or spout in this case. I do hope it's a reference to a certain 1970s album trilogy  :halo:

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« Reply #32 on: November 01, 2018, 01:41:46 pm »
When Derek was a young lad at the Pegasus, he was very keen and always got up first to go caving. Everybody else was a bit more leisurely, usually after a heavy night on the piss.
"Make yourself useful lad, get a pot of tea on!"

...and the rest is history.

(Having said that I did see him destroy a cheap alarm clock with a lump hammer after it failed to go off, thus refuting the "early riser" legend.)
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Re: Caver's Nick Names
« Reply #33 on: November 01, 2018, 04:51:22 pm »
Nearly right there Dickie but it's not the whole story.
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Re: Caver's Nick Names
« Reply #34 on: November 01, 2018, 10:22:39 pm »
.... ?!?!?

I'll have to go and ask you then?

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Re: Caver's Nick Names
« Reply #35 on: November 02, 2018, 07:21:00 pm »
What about you, GottZone?

Is the GottZone a physical location, or a higher state of consciousness?

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Re: Caver's Nick Names
« Reply #36 on: November 02, 2018, 07:21:58 pm »
What about you, GottZone?

Is the GottZone a physical location, or a higher state of consciousness?

A higher state of being

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Re: Caver's Nick Names
« Reply #37 on: November 02, 2018, 08:44:56 pm »
Nearly right there Dickie but it's not the whole story.
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« Reply #38 on: November 03, 2018, 04:10:05 am »
Hardly, T was exactly the right size for stuffing into small holes (probably still is, unlike the rest of us fat bastards)
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Re: Caver's Nick Names
« Reply #39 on: November 07, 2018, 09:43:15 pm »
What about you, GottZone?

Is the GottZone a physical location, or a higher state of consciousness?

I actually don't know, I think the dictionary's out on that one!

-it was initially a chad(ism) [chad bullivant being one of the more enthusiastic york Uni grads during my time, quietly coming up with names for people along with Laz Abbott in the chemistry department]

-one particular example of where the name came from is the example of Edit noddle [another chadism] it came about as I was reading about caves and came across the noddle end windypits. Much like when I said bellend yard on here, I somehow got the name wrong, despite being corrected several times, I just didn't get what I was doing wrong by calling it "noodle end windypit" seemed like a great name to me!

-the correct chadism for using Gottzone in a sentence is "you've just entered the Gottzone".

Unfortunately, you don't get to pick your nickname or how it's used. Seems like it might be creeping into the cave registry archive too!