Nicknames of famous foreigners

Discussion in 'All Languages' started by Määränpää, Feb 9, 2013.

  1. Määränpää

    Määränpää Senior Member


    When someone foreign

    1. is really famous (for good or bad achievements), and
    2. has a "twistable" first name,
    that person might have nicknames in countries where a different language is spoken.

    In English, Joseph (Iosif) Stalin has been called "Joe".

    In Finnish, I guess the most common example is "Aatu" for Adolf Hitler. In addition to this, I remember seeing only two nicknames: "Lissu" for Elizabeth Taylor and "Pamsu" for Pamela Anderson – both very iconic actresses in their own way. :D

    Do you have nicknames in your languages for famous people who are not from your country?
  2. bibax Senior Member

    Czech (Prague)
    In Czech we commonly say Áda ['a:da] for Adolf Hitler, a nickname that is at least 70 years old.
  3. DenisBiH

    DenisBiH Senior Member


    For Adolf Hitler: Hićo
    For Mahathir Mohamad: Maha (not very widespread, probably)
    Last edited: Feb 10, 2013
  4. Encolpius

    Encolpius Senior Member

    Praha (Prague)
    magyar (Hungarian)
    Hungarians called emperor Francis Joseph only: Ferenc Jóska
  5. ilocas2 Senior Member


    Condoleezza Rice - kundolíza

    kunda - cunt
    lízat - to lick

    She is not especially famous in Czech Republic but this nickname offers itself.
  6. Holger2014 Senior Member

    German: Mikhail Sergeyevich Gorbachev --> Gorbi, -i being some kind of a diminutive suffix, making a name sound more familiar.
  7. ilocas2 Senior Member

    Andrej Babiš - Slovak, current minister of finance in Czech Republic - Babisconi (in allusion to Berlusconi)

    but it seems that this nickname was invented outside Czech Republic
    Last edited: May 21, 2015

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