Question: What is the derivation of "nick-name"? III. i. 144.
...have heard of your paintings too, well enough; God
has given you one face, and you make yourselves
another: you jig, you amble, and you lisp, and
nick-name God's creatures, and make your wantonness
Answer: The derivation perhaps is from an eke-name, an agnomen,
the "n" having possibly slipped from the article, and become
joined to the eke-name, as similarly an adder was originally
a nadder, an apron was a naperon.
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