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Well mine came about just before I went to do a series of presentations on Australia in 2000. I was setting up a hotmail account and I had to move away from the PC during the sign up process. In that short interval a joker decided to change and submit my details. You guessed it he changed it to ukgimp. I could not be bothered to change it so a gimp was born.
Care to share yours?
Pity it seems a popular name for pest control and particular cockroaches, which made it hard to stake my claim upon the net by the time I woke up to it.
It came about becuase I used it for a hotmail email addy when I was at school - It came from my dad saying it alot ;) and a radio show in the UK where 'Mark and Lard' the presenters would use the expression alot too.
The 17? Well firstname.lastname@example.org had already gone, and hotmail suggested 17. :)
(n.) A toper; one habitually given to strong drink; a drunkard.
I'd seen a lot of people using online aliases that were really difficult to pronounce or just really strange, so I thought I might as well use my own name because I couldn't bear having to explain any more names!
The anonymity surrounding aliases online never really interested me. It's always been difficult for me to not get noticed on my name and by using a 'real' name as opposed to something obviously made up, I hope to remain relatively unnoticed.
...by using a 'real' name as opposed to something obviously made up, I hope to remain relatively unnoticed.
Hiding in plain view, eh? Well, it works a treat for my car keys at home...
Mine is a made up domain name... I wanted "IlMio.com" (traslates roughly as: "My Dot Com" Witty, eh? ;) ) Of course it was already taken... as were all the other similarly too-clever-for-their-own-good foreign phrases. So I made one up: If you liberally bastardize Italian and Latin, toss them in a blender, and hit 'puree' you may end up with "Mi Vox" ('mee-vox', not 'my-vox') somewhat vaguely suggesting a meaning of "My Voice." I've met one person who guessed the meaning right off the bat.
Once you go to that much trouble over a personal domain name, you try to get as much use out of it as possible. ;)
"What's in a name? That which we call a rose
By any other word would smell as sweet."
--From Romeo and Juliet (II, ii, 1-2)
What he means is that the name is arbitrary and its only function to refers to the object. We attach meaning or emotions to the name.
I wrote a novel when i was eleven. There were dragons. And a lady.
When looking for a username that wasn't taken on Yahoo or something, I tried various permutations of dragons and ladies.
i ended up dragonlady007 on there. The seven was significant in the novel somehow, and putting two 0s in front of it made me feel like a superspy. But I tried to pare out excess characters. Back down to 7...
It's a silly name, and I should've chosen something cooler or more professional or whatever, but at least-- it's never taken!
I dominate the SERPs for it too. Good to have, I guess. Can't figure out how to get a domain name out of it, though.
We had a cat named Tigerlilly who was represented in the story as one of the sisters - Lilliabeth.
I borrowed it when that cat wouldn't leave the keyboard alone while I was trying to set up an account.
However, I choose to ignore that now and make allusions to light and darkness, the nature of duality, and anything else that has more dignity than that stupid high school story. :)
must be handy when you drop the soap in the bath.
My first name's Paul and I used to live in Palmers Green. I was forever phoning up my local pirate radio station for rewinds, and they got to know me as Paul in Palmers Green, then became ppg for short.
And no, it hads NOTHING to do with the Power Puff Girls!
Pedant-icist: "ped∑ant ( P ) Pronunciation Key (ped'nt) n.
1. One who pays undue attention to book learning and formal rules.
2. One who exhibits one's learning or scholarship ostentatiously.
3. Obsolete. A schoolmaster."
Since my then new domain was academically focused, I decided to thesorus-ize "Academia" and the rest is history.
Pendanticist <- Insinuates I have an undue affection for things pendantistic, or that I might be a pendantophile. Let me assure you, that is not the case. :)
Pedanticist a.k.(here)a. Pendanticist.