BBC Ouch! on the strange gift of sign language names.
When a sign name is given to you, it’s special. A bit like losing your deaf virginity. It’s thought up after an intense period of observation, when people have worked out firstly whether they like you enough to give you one (a sign name, that is), and they’ve taken all your habits and mannerisms into account to find a name that best sums you up.
Given examples are Hand-Rubber, Waffle and Splasher.
via Mind Hacks