Fun fact: the original word isn't adder, it's nadder, related to Sanskrit (or was it Hindi?) naja, also meaning snake. However, "a nadder" and "an adder" sound the same, and it was reinterpreted from the former to the latter. "A nickname" from "an ekename" is the opposite.
EDIT: Got my etymologies confused. Naga/naja and snake are cognates, not nadder
Did not know about the origins of nickname. Very nice, and makes why nickname means what it does make more sense. Eke (also) + name = ekename (alsoname).
Fantasy literature is ONLY worthwhile for what it can tell us about the real world; everything else is petty escapism.
Originally Posted by The Giant
No author should have to take the time to say, "This little girl ISN'T evil, folks!" in order for the reader to understand that. It should be assumed that no first graders are irredeemably Evil unless the text tells you they are.