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Offline wisteria16

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« on: Tuesday 29 December 15 09:00 GMT (UK) »
Happy New Year everyone,
     I have long wondered why people who are named Charles are nicknamed 'Wag'.  I have several relatives that this relates to - is it a regional thing or is it nationwide?  I would love to hear from anyone who can enlighten me.  Many thanks.
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Re: Nicknames
« Reply #1 on: Tuesday 29 December 15 09:07 GMT (UK) »
Reportedly, it was a nickname for Charles 1st.

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Re: Nicknames
« Reply #2 on: Tuesday 29 December 15 10:00 GMT (UK) »
One that surprised me when I first heard it, was "Oats", for Charles, i.e., "Oats & Barley" I had an Uncle Wag, so that I was used to.
In our mining village, whole families had nicknames, "Fiddler Sweet", "Cobb" Albrighton, "Crackit" Smith, "Doulter" Chetwynd, so that members of the family were all known by the nickname rather than the proper name.                                     
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Re: Nicknames
« Reply #3 on: Wednesday 30 December 15 00:26 GMT (UK) »
Wag?  Must be an English thing!  Never heard it in Oz ??? ??? ???

Chas / Charlie / Chuck   :)

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Re: Nicknames
« Reply #4 on: Wednesday 30 December 15 00:53 GMT (UK) »
Chas / Charlie / Chuck   :)

Dawn,

You forgot "Chic/Chick"

Not heard of it (Wag) in Scotland myself but not to say others haven't?

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Re: Nicknames
« Reply #5 on: Wednesday 30 December 15 04:24 GMT (UK) »
"Oats & Barley" sounds like Cockney Rhyming Slang. As with the Australian Language I am not fluent in either language but know enough to get by. For the Australian language hopefully enough that  if I landed at Charles Kingsford Smith Airport I could ask directions and get on my way.

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Re: Nicknames
« Reply #6 on: Wednesday 30 December 15 04:33 GMT (UK) »
Wasn't Charles 1st reputed to have big ears?  Hence Wag or Wagger?
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Re: Nicknames
« Reply #7 on: Wednesday 30 December 15 05:01 GMT (UK) »
For sources of Folk-Rhymes.
http://www.forgottenbooks.com/readbook_text/English_Folk-Rhymes_1000045997/1

Example :-

http://www.forgottenbooks.com/readbook_text/English_Folk-Rhymes_1000045997/309

"Charley Wag, Charley Wag! Ate the pudding and swallowed the bag." " Wag " is the nickname for Charles in Warwickshire.

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Re: Nicknames
« Reply #8 on: Wednesday 30 December 15 05:27 GMT (UK) »
For the Australian language hopefully enough that  if I landed at Charles Kingsford Smith Airport I could ask directions and get on my way.
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