Dennis.... I know it was a joke, but.... the REAL reason Italians are nicknamed **** (and this is for REAL), is because when a lot of them went through Ellis Island after coming to America, they didn't have the proper paperwork with them, so the Government stamped their forms, *** (WITHOUT PAPERS).... and that is actually the way they got that nickname.... FOR REAL!!
Now, do you know why MOST Italians are named TONY???
Because as they were getting on the boat, they had to stamp their heads, TO NY!! (now, THAT'S a joke)!.... lmao
I know Neil, my grandparents made that journey with my father. Look at my last name, that should tell you. I don't know where they got my first name though, I guess 20+ Tony's and John's was enough for one family! LOL!