Dad 'cracked my neck,' our family nickname.

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Standard Japanese, Sendaian Japanese
The following is part of a narrative excerpted from a cartoon, 'Stitches.' I think our family nickname points to 'cracked my neck.' 'Cracked my neck' is their family nickname? It doesn't sound so plausible. Neck-cracker? How could you interpret it? (The single quotation marks are used in the original)

Dad put me on his treatment table and 'cracked my neck,' our family nickname for the osteopathic manipulations he had learned in medical school.
('Stitches' by David Small)
  • Nunty

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    Hebrew-US English (bilingual)
    "Nickname" is an odd choice of words there. I would be more likely to call it family slang. The family apparently said "crack someone's neck" to refer to performing osteopathic manipulations on someone.
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