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Why do nicknames like 'Shorty' seem to be going extinct?

Why do nicknames like 'Shorty' seem to be going extinct?

When a millennial joins a neighborhood baseball team these days, odds are his teammates include a Chris, Mike or Matt.

Flashback to our fathers' day, though, and teammates had colorful nicknames like "Stinky" and "Shorty."

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"Shorty might be 6 feet tall as an adult, but his childhood nickname stuck," said Bruce Lansky, author of name books including "The Five-Star Baby Name Advisor" and blogger (babynamesinthenews.com). After all, those baby boomer dads grew up watching "Leave it...

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