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  • A Rose by Any Other Name
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    Italian Memories

    by Cookie Curci

    The name Iva Toguri D'Aquino isn't memorable. However, her infamous a.k.a., "Tokyo Rose," rekindles wartime drama and intrigue. American GIs nicknamed her Tokyo Rose.

    Ever wonder how the phrase "His name is Mudd" got started? Well, according to folklore history, it was a country doctor named Samuel Mudd who inadvertently treated the wounds suffered by John Wilks Booth minutes after the actor had assassinated President Lincoln. Dr. Mudd notified the authorities that his patient might have been the assassin, but to the doctors' shock and surprise he was arrested as a conspirator and sentenced to life in prison. Thus, the name Mudd came to mean trouble, ill repute and disrespect.

    As kids we all gave our pals friendly nicknames. Jones became "Jonsey"; MacDonald shortened to "Mac"; Fischer became "Fish"; Rosalie became "Rosie"; Elizabeth was changed to "Betty"; and Antoinette to "Annie."

    Most adults prefer that their childhood nicknames such as: "Stinky," "Weezy," "Gooney" or "Bucky" be left to the past where they belong. However, I'm a rare exception to that rule. I like my nickname and prefer it to my given name. (I'll never tell.)

    I've heard several versions of how I acquired the name "Cookie." One story has it that I was named after a popular song of the day, "Lookie Lookie, Here Comes Cookie," (sounds reasonable). Another family story is told of my fondness for cookies--ergo the name Cookie (a good analogy).

    Of all the explanations I've been given regarding the origin of my nickname, I'm inclined to like the story my Italian grandmother told me many years ago. Grandmother, it seems, liked to call me her "Dolche Pastiacino" which in Italian means sweet little cookie. Later, my auntie Ann translated the name into English and "Cookie" was created.

    I'll most likely never know just how my nickname originated or who bestowed it upon me. Oh, well, I guess that's just the way the cookie crumbles!

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