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When did people start calling Paul "Macca"?

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by GlennW, Feb 18, 2008.

  1. GlennW


    Sep 6, 2006
    Never heard the word until I found TB. Is "Paul" too hard to say or something?
  2. nysbob


    Sep 14, 2003
    Cincinnati OH
    Apparantly it was John's pet name for him.

    I don't know the man well enough to ever be comfortable using it. :meh:
  3. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member In Memoriam

    It's like a pet "scouse" name - Paul is very common and most people know a few, so distinguish them with nicknames!

    Like fellow footballers famously call David Beckham "Becks"...:p
  4. DeanT

    DeanT Send lawyers, guns and money...

    It's a British thing.
  5. UncleBalsamic


    Jul 8, 2007
    Yeah it's well known here. I've known him as Macca for a long time.
  6. El-Bob

    El-Bob Supporting Member

    Oct 22, 2006
    Hamilton, ON
    which paul are we talking about? i've never heard "macca"
  7. I agree, it must be a British thing.
    It's how a lot of the tabloids refer to him, and he's in them nearly every day at the moment.
    It's a lot more pleasant than what they're calling his missus.
  8. bongomania

    bongomania Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Oct 17, 2005
    PDX, OR
    owner, OVNIFX and OVNILabs
    The Beatle.
  9. El-Bob

    El-Bob Supporting Member

    Oct 22, 2006
    Hamilton, ON
    well, that explains why I've never heard "Macca" :p
  10. Depending on your religion, the only one that matters :)
  11. Fishbrain


    Dec 8, 2000
    England, Liverpool
    Endorsing Artist: Warwick Bass and Amp

    How long has he been getting called Macca? I'd imagine since his first day in school, trust me, I'm a scouser lol

  12. El-Bob

    El-Bob Supporting Member

    Oct 22, 2006
    Hamilton, ON
  13. Wasim


    Dec 10, 2004

    If you've never heard the word, it's your fault. You're American I assume? You've missed out.
  14. bassbrock


    Feb 20, 2007
    Callahan, FL
    I'm American and I guess I've missed out too. News to me!
  15. GlennW


    Sep 6, 2006
    I didn't know it was a common nickname for him in Britain. Just as long as KoJo or Entertainment Tonight didn't start it...

  16. Wasim


    Dec 10, 2004
    When I was growing up in England I was sometimes called Wacca. There's no rhyme or reason to it, but it's quite a common thing I think.
  17. bassbrock


    Feb 20, 2007
    Callahan, FL
    So how do you pronounce it?

    Is it like the "Wacca wacca wacca" that the Jim Henson muppet character would say?
  18. Wasim


    Dec 10, 2004
    Exactly right. To be fair it was mainly one of my football (soccer) coaches who was a bit barmy and would just shout it from the sidelines during matches.

    Luckily it didn't catch on, or else I'd probably have changed my name long ago.
  19. I'd never heard of it till recently either, I always thought it was another stupid nickname made up by The Sun or something as they do.
  20. redstrand


    May 18, 2007
    Saint Louis, MO
    Fool For Four Strings
    The religious word is "Mecca" not Macca.

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