Comments: Great Moments in Intellectual Property Law

I used to be a legal copyeditor, and one of the few fun things about the job was that the cases included the defendants' street A.K.A.'s. Stuff like Smurf, E.T., The Crusher, etc. Kind of reassuring, in a way, that gangsters still adopt goofy nicknames, just like in Guys and Dolls.

Posted by Camassia at February 8, 2005 07:05 PM

What I don't get is why the gangsters don't adopt tough-guy nicknames. Isn't that supposed to be part of their street credibility?

Posted by Benjamin Kepple at February 8, 2005 07:32 PM

I don't know, but I suspect it's because people don't give nicknames to themselves, but are dubbed in the spirit of male-bonding insults. That explains names like Shorty and Fats and so on. I suppose if you go on to build a sufficiently fearsome reputation, the name is no longer a handicap.

Posted by Camassia at February 9, 2005 06:47 PM