As O’Brien learned from relationship educator Pat Love, women sometimes nickname their not-yet-fully-boyfriends to defer recognizing them as whole humans and thus minimize the despair if these guys disappear without warning. But according to a recently graduated member of a fraternity at Brown University—let’s call him Dan—it’s not about that for guys.
"We don’t do it all the time," Dan explained. "But I think when we do, it’s because referring to a girl by name makes her sound like your girlfriend. ‘I’m hanging out with Lisa later’ makes it sound much more serious than ‘I’m hanging out with The Wrestler,’" he told me, adding that "The Wrestler" was a friend’s consistent hookup whose last name sounded like "wrestler."”
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