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Why did you pick that name?
The stories behind the names

 10:35 pm on Mar 5, 2006 (gmt 0)

My real name is Rani and it's also my user-member name.
I'm glad i didn't choose a nickname because i probably would have wanted to change it 10 times by now.
I notice many members with very interesting nicknames and I'm always curious to why they picked that particular name.Is it a reflection of a hidden identity or a childhood hero? I would love to hear about it.




 1:19 am on Mar 10, 2006 (gmt 0)

My parents were old school alcoholics, four martinis at lunch for my dad, four manhattans at lunch for mom. Eight more with dinner (if you can call it that), usually with guests or neighbors or rowdies they dragged home from the bar. My parents went through cocktail shakers the way other families went through light bulbs.

At age four I developed a taste for vodka (silly me!), and my mother would call me martinibuster because I'd lurk behind my father, waiting for him to set a drink down so I could run to the playroom and chill out with my drinkie while playing with my Fischer-Price Drink Set.

Predictably, my doctor says I'll be needing a liver transplant.

Dang, second one in a year!


 2:42 am on Mar 10, 2006 (gmt 0)

acersun: Belatedly (sorry), when I first started using this nick over 10 years ago on AOL, I was totally unfamiliar with its German usage, ditto the Hanna Barbera Studios character. Oh, and I've also since learned that "Opus the Penguin" was fond of saying "PFUI" in Berke Breathed's "Bloom County" comic strip.

I just liked the sound of it -- it's kind of a fun, silly sound, similar to how the English "phooey" is kind of a fun, silly, and silly-sounding, word. I'm also surprised how many (non-European:) people think it's pronounced like a sneezy "puh-FWEE" instead of "FOO-ee."

By the way, congrats! You're the first person to ever mention "Hong-Kong Phooey," whereas I'm frequently asked "Are you German?" (thus the info in my user profile:)


 2:59 am on Mar 10, 2006 (gmt 0)

I always enjoy nick etymology

mine is just a name, I used it as a kid for writing and gaming and various other things, I guess mine was my alter ego and now it's just me

funny the pictures people form in their heads based on your nick, I believe everyone thought I would be a rather small man with glasses of possible indian descent, they didn't quite agree on where I would be from but seemed to agree I would be a small nerdy looking fellow

I don't quite look like that, hehe


 8:31 pm on Mar 14, 2006 (gmt 0)

I chose the specific nickname because it's my real name.


 8:02 am on Mar 25, 2006 (gmt 0)

my name is my nick ;)


 9:20 am on Mar 25, 2006 (gmt 0)

I picked mine because I am a grandpa (at that time back in 2003 a relatively new one too) and I wanted to tell it to the world. And, no one had used it here yet.

Grandson's name is Veda Vyasa, and I very nearly snagged that one for use here at WW, but I didn't want him to grow up and then beat me up for using his name. I still think his is the coolest name ever.


 10:41 am on Mar 25, 2006 (gmt 0)

Beedeedubbleu = BDW = initials. (Wish I had used BDW ... so much quicker).

I know, I know, it's so boring but my middle name is Dugald and bet there are no more Dugalds in here. ;)

Incidentally this thread is quite interesting. It's becoming a bit like a confessional.


 2:55 pm on Mar 25, 2006 (gmt 0)

Sort of a warning, I guess ..

I may nod off without notice .. and possibly take a header into a klong.


 3:01 pm on Mar 25, 2006 (gmt 0)

<--- sits down and joins Kevin at the boring table :(

Brett, is it too late to change my nick to NetZombie?


 2:18 am on Mar 26, 2006 (gmt 0)


I am a new member and since I don't post that much,
I will jump in on this thread to keep from being
'weeded' out of WebmasterWorld. lol

Back when I first started joining things there were
surfing for cash type thingies and I thought the
user name kinda explained what I was after - IE,
internet money! hehe

Ann =o}


 2:29 am on Mar 26, 2006 (gmt 0)

Fischer by Robert Fischer, World Chess Champion in the seventies.
I love chess.


 4:54 pm on Mar 26, 2006 (gmt 0)

A Unix / Linux command I was using around the time I signed up.


 5:34 pm on Mar 26, 2006 (gmt 0)

Stops people knowing who I really am.


 5:37 pm on Mar 26, 2006 (gmt 0)

I have used my name since the early 90s. I have always been a fan of word play. I also wanted something short and "nice looking". So, although "DrDoc" was just a name that came from nowhere, it immediately stuck with me, and I have used it since.

Sweet Cognac

 6:22 pm on Mar 26, 2006 (gmt 0)

I tried several other nicks before I chose this one, and they were all taken already. I have no clue why I picked this nick, it just kind of popped in my head.

I've had Cognac exactly once in my life and can't even remember if it was sweet or not.

Later, doing a search on sweet cognac, revealed there is a cigar by this name.

I've been told I was sweet my whole life, but some people find this sweetness hard to take, and can only handle a sip at a time.


 2:09 am on Mar 27, 2006 (gmt 0)

My nick is a mis-spelling of the Welsh word for harp (the musical instrument). The correct spelling is telyn. Using a Welsh word is probably quite rare in itself, but using a wrong spelling of a Welsh word immediately gives you a unique nick. I've never had problems signing up anywhere with it.

I spent some months in Wales as a student and after that used to wear a silver Welsh harp on a chain. I quite identified with it, but the orthography must have gotten lost on me over the years ...




 5:12 pm on Mar 27, 2006 (gmt 0)

my nick has nothing to do with coffee (which I don't consume)


 6:01 pm on Mar 27, 2006 (gmt 0)

Mine is based on my maiden name. Although it was my true name, no one really looks at it and thinks it might be an actual name, but rather a statement about myself. Being an old married woman, that couldn't be further from the truth!


 2:07 pm on Mar 29, 2006 (gmt 0)

Indeed, a fascinating thread!

I stumbled over the word 'syzygy' in the dictionary one time and added it to my vocabulary. Its definition in celestial terms creates a wonderous sense of scale for me. I also love the allusion created by its more obscure definition - a pair of opposites.

In essence then - I liked the word.


 2:29 pm on Mar 29, 2006 (gmt 0)

My real name is Lisa; a long ago net friend combined it with Lucifer after a rather extensive Usenet debate I participated in and it stuck.

Lisa + Lucifer = Lisafer


 2:39 pm on Mar 29, 2006 (gmt 0)

Well Zeus is a cool God, thats it.

travelin cat

 12:11 am on Mar 31, 2006 (gmt 0)

We are in the travel sector (duh) and have many more cats then the county allows without a kennel license, not quite the cat lady of Simpsons fame.... but close


 1:27 am on Mar 31, 2006 (gmt 0)

I was looking around for a short username so I could sign up and post something, the first thing that came into view were the two 1970s-era encyclopedia volumes which I use to prop up my monitor. Lacking any further creative ideas on the spur of the moment, I ended up with this name.

It's either that or my phenomenal memory, I can't remember exactly. ;)


 2:59 am on Mar 31, 2006 (gmt 0)

The details of my name are quite inconsequential.

My father was a relentlessly self-improving boulangerie owner from Belgium with low grade narcolepsy and a penchant for buggery. My mother was a fifteen year old French ......... named Chloe with webbed feet. My father would womanize, he would drink, he would make outrageous claims like he invented the question mark. Some times he would accuse chestnuts of being lazy, the sort of general malaise that only the genius possess and the insane lament. My childhood was typical, summers in Rangoon, luge lessons. In the spring we'd make meat helmets. When I was insolent I was placed in a burlap bag and beaten with reeds, pretty standard really. At the age of 12 I received my first scribe. At the age of fourteen, a Zoroastrian named Vilma ritualistically shaved my ........... There really is nothing like a shorn ......., it's breathtaking, I suggest you try it.


Sorry, I wanted to but simply couldn't resist. Please don't put me in a burlap bag.


 12:52 am on Apr 12, 2006 (gmt 0)

The name came from what was, at one time, probably one of the world's best literary ezines. I used to spend about 50 hours preparing each and every issue, travelling the country to interview authors, take pictures of their graves etc. Subscribers included world famous writers and academics from Ivy League universities.

As with most intellectual things, there was no money in it. I kept it going for years, but the site is more or less dead now.

But I'm still stuck with the username - painful, as it was the only site I enjoyed working on. All the other ones I run, over 70 of them for me and my clients, bore the pants off me.

[edited by: Hawkgirl at 11:48 am (utc) on April 13, 2006]
[edit reason] Removed some specifics. [/edit]


 4:26 pm on Apr 17, 2006 (gmt 0)

The Hanging Judge...Oh how I wish (but dammit I spelt it wrong, should be Jeffreys!)


 7:45 am on Apr 23, 2006 (gmt 0)

The typo judge then maybe?

Mine? Well I was living in Essex at the time.


 8:14 pm on Apr 24, 2006 (gmt 0)

Well, I guess I chose it, because that's what I am! :)


 8:26 pm on Apr 24, 2006 (gmt 0)

After my first cat.

Had to put him down because of diabetes - and unfortunatly witnessed the event, so figured the best I could do is carry on his name.


 8:28 pm on Apr 24, 2006 (gmt 0)

Why did you pick that name?

I've not the vaguest idea.

Why do you ask these questions?


 8:47 pm on Apr 24, 2006 (gmt 0)

Syzygy was also the name of Atari before it was called Atari. Proper geek credentials :)

I had the logo of minor LA glam band Jetboy painted on the back of my leather jacket many years ago, and we both got our name from the New York Dolls song.

I started as jetboy on WebmasterWorld, used jetboy_70 from 2002 after I forgot my login, and am now back to being jetboy again!

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