(By the way, the word “nickname” comes from ekename, which means “an additional name.”)
To snoop, of course, means “go about in a sneaking, prying way.” Another related sense of the term is a private detective (which Snoopy from “Peanuts” occasionally portrays.) The origin of the term seems to relate to “snap” as well as “to eat sweets in secret.” A snooper should be careful to avoid detection by a snooperscope, “a device that displays on a fluorescent screen reflected infrared radiation, enabling the user to see objects obscured by darkness.”
After we did some sleuthing and snooping, we learned that the lovable cartoon canine was almost cast under a different name. Creator Charles Schulz wanted to call him “Sniffy.” But he learned that another comic strip artist had already used the name. So, Schulz changed it to Snoopy, the name his mother had intended to give a third dog if the family ever got one.
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