Names and Nicknames

When my siblings wanted to tease me, they called me Vinegar Gin. My usual nickname was Ginger, so that was fairly creative of them. Mom and Dad had named me Virginia but always called me Ginger.

Mom told us the source of her name, Gail Lee, was from a book her mother was reading. It was The Enchanted Hill by Peter B. Kyne. Lee was the hero and he fell in love with a woman named Gail. Mom’s name was a combination of the two characters.

Here’s what Mom wrote about her nicknames:
“I was teased in school about my freckles until I read the story Freckles by Gene Stratton-Porter. Then I was proud to be called that.

When I worked at Boeing in Wichita, I was called Fibber because of my last name McGhee. This was from the radio show Fibber McGhee and Molly.”

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