My mom likes to give nicknames to people who's names she can't remember. This obviously doesn't include her close friends but it does include people who have more of an acquaintance status. She refers to them solely by their nicknames allowing situations like this to happen:
*conversation about property taxes*
Mom's Friend: I heard that they are going to lower property taxes in general
Mom: No No, I heard the opposite
Mom's Friend: From whom?
Mom: The Panda told me
Mom's Friend : *WTF Face*
Me: *Face Palm*
Mom: Oh come on you know who I'm talking about ..... THE PANDA!!!!!