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When someone, usually from the American South, has a given name that sounds like a nickname chooses to bill himself as having a conventional name in an attempt to be taken more seriously.
Vile, sanctimonious ambulance chaser (and former candidate for Vice President of the United States) John Edwards is really named Johnny Reid Edwards. This is an example of a reverse nickname.
by PBSPinchback July 05, 2011
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