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About 82 degrees and calm

Thanks for the warm welcome. I'm still figuring out how this all works.
Forgive me if there are any lapses in etiquette.

Although I didn't think to put it on my list of interests, I really like words. I am fascinated by their textures and shadings and especially their origins.
And names. I love finding out what names mean and where they come from. Now most of us didn't choose our names. We get them from parents and spouses and sometimes press agents. But you all got to choose your User Name.
Some time ago I came across a website that would generate your "Hobbit name". It translated Gretchen Roper into Daisy Knotwise. I had expected something random and silly, but this one rather made sense. One could think of a roper as someone well versed in tying knots, and A daisy is called a Margarette in French. Since Gretchen is a German diminutive of Margaret, that actually followed.

So I'm asking? Why did you choose your User Name? What does it mean to you?

Thanks,
GHR

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catalana
Nov. 17th, 2004 05:55 am (UTC)
I chose my user name based on my SCA name: Catalana di Neri. I wanted something easy to remember but that didn't use my real name (after all, I might occasionally complain about people *grin*) and I figured I wouldn't forget my SCA name.

My SCA name was fairly carefully chosen. I knew roughly what period I wanted (late 15th c./early 16th c.) and country (Italy) because a) I like the clothes and b) I like the dances (that's what I do in the SCA.) I went to a great website that helps with name research and looked at their records on women's names in Italy at the time until I found a short list of ones I liked; ditto with the patronymic. And then I looked for combinations that worked...Catalana sounded like a good name for a dancer. It was different - I didn't want a name that everyone else had - and a little sensuous. I liked it. (I do wonder if my subconcious had something to do with "Neri" being like "Neely.")

So now you know way more about my username than you probably ever wanted...*laugh* But this is what happens when you're killing time the night before your defense...

katyhh
Nov. 17th, 2004 10:09 am (UTC)
'Catalana' always sounded very Spanish to me :) Likely, because a variation of the Spanish language is called "catalan".
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khaosworks
Nov. 17th, 2004 06:02 am (UTC)
My net.handle, ever since I started using the internet proper back in 1991, has been KhaOS. When I tried to register khaos.org as a domain, I found it had been taken. Taking my cue from a badge I was fond of wearing (in the days I wore tons of badges on my jacket) which said "Chaos Works", I turned that into khaosworks.

Not terribly exciting, I know. :)
singlemaltsilk
Nov. 17th, 2004 06:26 am (UTC)
My goal was an alias that held little or nothing of my 'real' name, but that could, when coupled with the content of my LJ, immediately identify me to anyone who actually *knew* me. ;)
joecoustic
Nov. 17th, 2004 08:06 am (UTC)
A mutual friend in Columbus used to call me JoEy so when I set up an AIM account a number of years ago I called myself JoEcoustic (sort of a play on Acoustic but with an E sound). Since then I've grown attached to the name and have used it on my web page and here. The only problem is that nothing uses caps anymore so it's hard to make the point that the "e" is not silent, and - if I'm speaking to someone - that it's an "e" and not an "a". It's funny the silly things that end up feeling important sometimes.... :).
filkertom
Nov. 17th, 2004 08:20 am (UTC)
For what it's worth, I think either way works.... :)
filkertom
Nov. 17th, 2004 08:19 am (UTC)
I got pretty lucky, actually. As far as I know, I'm the only regular filk type person named Tom who's active on the 'Net. So, if you see "filkertom" on a blog or something, chances are excellent it's me.
jrittenhouse
Nov. 17th, 2004 09:20 am (UTC)
Who's the leader of the club that's made for you and me?
R=i=t, T=e=n, H=o=u=s=e.

My handle is otherwise boring.
oreouk
Nov. 17th, 2004 09:31 am (UTC)
Mine needs little interpretation - an Oreo fan living in the UK :-) I'm pretty sure someone suggested it - possibly Seanan when she set me up on LJ back when you could only get an account if a friend who already had one gave you an account from the ones they were given to do this with (or you could buy one straight up). I think we have our home computer name set as Oreos too, so originally it's probably All Phil's Fault (as of course everything is). A part of why it appealed to me is that I know that I am known to various segments of fandom already as an Oreo fan, after the infamous Oreo and Goldfish Smuggling Exercise at the last UK Worldcon (I asked if people could bring me some if they had space in their luggage - I got a LOT of both to my great delight - I love fandom) and also because I ran an Oreo Challenge at the filkcon Phil was Interfilk guest at (2nd Concerto I think) - did you know there are visual as well as taste differences between US, Canadian and British Oreos?

And of course part of it is that this name wasn't gone yet when we put it in...

There you go, a TMI answer *g*
katyhh
Nov. 17th, 2004 10:07 am (UTC)
My name explanation is sooooo boring :) (But I *love* the origin of *your* LJ name ... I agree, it does make a lot of sense indeed :) Yeah, language and etymology geek here *smile*)
So ... "katy" was taken already. I simply added the Hamburg license plate prefix which is HH (stands for Hansestadt Hamburg), so my LJ name basically means Katy from Hamburg :)
msminlr
Nov. 17th, 2004 11:48 am (UTC)
Mine is a lot like Katy's. I also use it for a screen name over at A-Ohell.

I wanted something short and relatively cryptic, but which WOULD refer to who I really am: my initials, "in", Little Rock's initials.

darkwing830
Nov. 17th, 2004 01:48 pm (UTC)
Hmmm...I wish mine wwere more interesting but...
Darkwing Duck is my Favourite cartoon character
the 830 on a phone (calculator, digital readout, etc) is DEB when read upside down...
(smile)
tnatj
Nov. 17th, 2004 02:25 pm (UTC)
Mine is an abbreviation of "The North American Therianthropic Journal." This title was the name of my contribution to the old postal APA MIShAP (MIchigan Society of (fannish "h") Amateur Publishers).

Enough depth: I can hear you asking, what does "Therianthropic" mean. According to the Dictionary of Difficult Words, it is:

therianthropic a. half-man half-animal; pertaining to such gods. therianthropism, n.

The roots are Greek: theri- = animal; anthro = human.

Good examples of — beings are the animal headed Egyptian gods, mermaids, centaurs, andro- and gynosphinxes, fauns, satyrs, lamias, and so on. That is, creatures of mythology who are depicted as (concurrently) half human and half animal. — is more specific term than theriomorphic (which creatures also include shape-changers, such as were-wolves and vampires). — is also entirely different a term than anthropomorphic (those animals who are portrayed to act or behave like humans, and have been popular in storytelling from the time of Aesop).

By extension, one who studies — creatures would be a therianthropologist, and would write for a publication called The North American Therianthropic Journal.

So there you are.
kevinnickerson
Nov. 17th, 2004 02:43 pm (UTC)
Boring story. I chose it because I'm really bad at naming things, and didn't see any good reason to hide my identity.
beige_alert
Nov. 17th, 2004 03:10 pm (UTC)
I've always thought "beige" was a funny-sounding word, and I always have the urge to substitute it for other, brighter colors. So if your emergency wasn't so important, then it would be a beige alert, rather than a red alert. My other blog, which I had before the livejournal account, is called the BeigeJournal, partly in reaction to the Livejournal name.
tigertoy
Nov. 17th, 2004 04:01 pm (UTC)
Mine comes fairly straightforwardly from my love of tigers and my hope to be able to work more closely with them. I think I actually chose to use the photo that became my userpic before I decided specifically on 'tigertoy', and that helped me to decide that that was the exact form that fit.
rono_60103
Nov. 17th, 2004 08:30 pm (UTC)
The short answer is that I've been going by RonO in fandom, on the net, and often in real life, for most of the last ten or twelve years. Since live journal already had a rono, I stuck my zip code on the end to make it unique.

"RonO" itself is the result of two things that happened to me in 1989 and 1990. First, when I started working at Motorola, there was a general insistence that I must go by "Ron" rather than "Ronald" which I'd been going by for the previous ten or twelve years -- having dropped "Ronnie" as childish when I was in the second or third grade.

I few months later I started gaming with a group that included another Ron (Ron Winsauer to be specific), and it became necessary to specificlye who was being addressed. Since "Ron-Oh" rolls of the tongue easier than "Ron-double-you" and most of the group had known Ron W. longer, I was christened "RonO."

When I finally found fandom, largely through the efforts of the people I'd been gaming with, I briefly used my initials (RBO) on badges, since I had been signing e-mail that way for years. But after a year or so I started using RonO as my badge name.

RonO
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