I was christened “Balsaboy” when i was 16 by my best mate, Nige. We had just left our regular public establishment in York called the The Lowther. I don’t recall the exactly what was said, but he hailed me: ‘Oi, Balsaboy’. He said it once and it stuck. Although i didn’t pick him up on it at the time, he later recounted that i looked like the Viz character of the same name. Given that the comic strip character was as pinoccio style, balsa wood made boy, i can only assume that the similarity was based around my then lanky characteristics. Regardless of the reasons, it stuck well enough that for a period of time, even my parents were known to refer to me by the name.
Twenty odd years later a lot of my friends still call me by the name, and even some of my colleagues.
Other nick-names i’ve been known as in the past:
- Scotty dog (original!)
- Wuff (Scotty dogs go ‘wuff’ apparently!)
- Mr. Incredible (based on my striking resemblance to the cartoon character, “Mr. Incredible”! [although he does have more than i do])
- Derivatives of Balsaboy, including ‘Balsa’, ‘Bals’, etc