Nic as a nickname in Italy

Genie2

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English - US
Is "Nic" a plausible nickname for a young Italian man? I'm writing a novel and I've named one of my characters Nic, but having second thoughts. Please respond in English [!]. Many thanks for your advice!
 
  • Gianfry

    Senior Member
    Italian
    Well, if someone is named Nicola, he can be well (nick)named "Nic" or "Nick", but only by his young friends. I doubt anybody over 50 would call someone "Nic". Maybe "Nico", in that case...
     

    elena73

    Senior Member
    Italian
    Genie, what's the real (unabbreviated) first name for the character?
    Nic does sound as an abbreviation (I mean, not as 'proper' nickname).
     

    Genie2

    Member
    English - US
    I actually never gave him a full name so far (though I could). In my book, he's one of a gang of young teppisti who commit various awful crimes. That class of people might use somewhat different nicknames than the more civilized folks??
     

    voidinchains

    Senior Member
    Italian
    Nic doesn't sound Italian.. Nico would be better. But, if this nickname has been given to your character by someone who's not Italian, by an American for example, it could work, especially if your novel is not set in Italy.
     
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