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Where did Keef's nickname come from?

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by Nightatthehotel, Jun 14, 2013.

  1. Nightatthehotel

    Nightatthehotel Tele-Holic

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    Jun 11, 2012
    I love to call him Keef but why is it that we call him that? Where did this originate?
     
  2. trev333

    trev333 Doctor of Teleocity

    "th" is hard to say?... in cockney...;)
     
  3. CrisHendrix

    CrisHendrix Tele-Afflicted

    Feb 11, 2011
    Plano, TX
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  5. trev333

    trev333 Doctor of Teleocity

    now "Keefer" Sutherland... I don't know where that's coming from?.

    I mean how can you be Keefer that Keef...?...

    people have no probs with saying Keith Urban... he's not Keef Urban ..yet..;)
     
  6. Urban

    Urban Tele-Meister

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    Apr 2, 2011
    Slovenia
    I think his aunt started calling/writing Keef or sometihng. It's in his book Life but I don't remember for sure. He signed himself "Keef" on letters when he was young.
     
  7. Mid Life Crisis

    Mid Life Crisis Friend of Leo's

    Jan 12, 2007
    Cambridge, England
    I think I read in his autobiography that it was a family nickname for him, but it's likely that a lot of people would have said "Keef" instead of "Keith" in Dartford, where he lived, anyway. "Oi, Keef, whatcha fink yer doin'?" "I ain't doin' nuffink".
     
  8. TG

    TG Doctor of Teleocity

    Ya...it's an affectionate local accent thing. And there'd be a bit of a 'working class' aspect to it as well.

    Something like blue collar workers in New Jersey or Philadelphia.
     
  9. Smokin OP

    Smokin OP Tele-Holic

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    According to his book Life, it first appeared in a letter to his Aunt Patty, "Love from Keef X". He said he was known as Cousin Beef by his extended family & that it turned into Keef.
     
  10. trev333

    trev333 Doctor of Teleocity

    a young chubby keith, eh?...... I'm sure to the local kids... beefy Keef would have been a perfect nick name...;)
     
  11. Alamo

    Alamo Poster Extraordinaire

    Nov 15, 2006
    Berlin, Germany
    This^^^and/or loose dentures :D
     
  12. Telenator

    Telenator Doctor of Teleocity Vendor Member

    Sep 19, 2005
    Connecticut
    It happened when Keef lost his teef.
     
  13. Tony474

    Tony474 Poster Extraordinaire

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    I f'poge you fink vash funny...
     
  14. Post Toastie

    Post Toastie Poster Extraordinaire

    Jul 16, 2008
    California
    I think our fellow TDPRI member "Castpolymer" came up with it. :)
     
  15. From Wikipedia:

    Sutherland was born in London, England, the son of Donald Sutherland and Shirley Douglas, both of whom are successful Canadian actors.[2] Of primarily Scottish descent, he also has English and German ancestry.[citation needed] His maternal grandfather was Scottish-born Canadian politician and former Premier of Saskatchewan Tommy Douglas, who is widely credited for bringing universal health care to Canada.

    He is named after American-born director and writer Warren Kiefer, who, under the assumed name of Lorenzo Sabatini,[3] directed Donald Sutherland in his very first feature film, the Italian low-budget horror film Il castello dei morti vivi (Castle of the Living Dead).[4][5]
     
  16. jefrs

    jefrs Doctor of Teleocity

    Nov 20, 2007
    Newbury, England
    1) Keef is not cockney but from Dartford in Kent, not even London ;)

    2) Local southern (suvvern) accent would pronounce Keith as 'Keef', it's the way he says his own name.
     
  17. jefrs

    jefrs Doctor of Teleocity

    Nov 20, 2007
    Newbury, England
    A man of Kent sits and thinks but a Kentish man just sits.
    ...
    Sometimes I sits and thinks and sometimes I just sits.
     
  18. J-man

    J-man Super Moderator Staff Member

    Apr 25, 2004
    North Wales
  19. jefrs

    jefrs Doctor of Teleocity

    Nov 20, 2007
    Newbury, England
    I always thinks of Rodin's "Thinker" which might be more aptly named "man on the loo"
    [​IMG]
     
  20. Belhade

    Belhade Tele-Meister

    But isn't that where you do your most/best thinking?

    Sent from my EVO Shift using TDPRI
     
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