Half a croissant, on a plate, with a sign in front of it saying '50c'
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Why that Moniker?

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Some of the user IDs here are downright bizarre. I've take just about all the entertainment I can from wondering how they were arrived at, and now I want answers. So the idea of this is this, annotate this idea and explain yourselves. Or alternatively annotate this idea and tell me about all the netiquette rules I'm breaking just by asking. Or don't, I don't know.
Zircon, Aug 29 2002

(?) British or, rather, Rhyming Slang explained http://www.xrefer.com/entry/443667
[DrCurry, Aug 30 2002]

Zircon http://mineral.gall...e/zircon/zircon.htm
Excitement, adventure and really wild minerals. [Zircon, Aug 30 2002, last modified Oct 21 2004]

(?) British or, rather, Rhyming Slang explained http://www.johnbarb.../cockneyindexb.html
[DrCurry, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 21 2004]

Parvenu http://www.dictiona...om/search?q=parvenu
(see annotation) | Jan 06 2003 [Parvenu]

Halfbaker location map. http://www.geocitie...adradish/halfb.html
You'll need to have popups enabled.. [Parvenu, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 21 2004]

Halfbaker location map. http://www.geocitie...adradish/halfb.html
You'll need to have popups enabled.. [madradish, Oct 04 2004]

Jack Splat http://comicsmedia....050609022903320.jpg
[jaksplat, Apr 02 2008]


       It's my name.
calum, Aug 29 2002

       Good answer!
Zircon, Aug 29 2002

       It's my status.
angel, Aug 29 2002

       Better, Now we're cooking....
Zircon, Aug 29 2002

       To help my busy mind remember my name..   

       ..my user name..   

       The first half of my last name and the first half of my first name: Jamie Holladay=hollajam   

       Not your mother's jam..
hollajam, Aug 29 2002

       Fair enough, no pressure, it's just for those that want to disclose. Or do you mean that UnaBubba is the name of a business that you own? if so what does it produce/do?
Zircon, Aug 29 2002

       ty6 is just real easy to type. Fast too.
ty6, Aug 29 2002

       All in good time my dear Zircon. Besides whats in a name?... roses and smelling sweet comes to mind.
Jinbish, Aug 29 2002

       I was thinking more someone who Doctors Curries; A govenment agent who comes in, checks if the heat is appropriate for the dish, alters it with spices from one of the jars in his utility belt, and slips away un-noticed.
Zircon, Aug 29 2002

       I wanted to be Dipsy.
po, Aug 29 2002

       For you [po] all I could think of was the Po basin in northern italy. Don't know why really, just used to keep springing to mind, now I know the truth! [hollajam] brought forth thoughts of someone dropping a jar of fruity preserve and then shouting angrily at the sticky mess, and at the futility of breakfast whilst still hungover.
Zircon, Aug 29 2002

       I just am.
NickTheGreat, Aug 29 2002

       (No he's not.)
angel, Aug 29 2002

       (Yes he is. Smelly, that is.)
Jinbish, Aug 29 2002

       [Zircon] Sorry to dampen your colorful illusion of me. -- simply a necessary memory trick.
hollajam, Aug 29 2002

       bliss, I thought it was called, "Swiss Miss"?
hollajam, Aug 29 2002

       "Good morning, Miss Bliss" was the precursor of "Saved by the Bell".
angel, Aug 29 2002

       to make this place a bit tonier.
General Washington, Aug 29 2002

       It was a mistake in the mail, some company truncated part of my name and appended part of my (soon to be)wife's name on the same form. It's stuck ever since.
barnzenen, Aug 29 2002

       I'll let you work out mine for yrself
-alx, Aug 29 2002

       I always assumed it was something to do with "Barnes and N".
angel, Aug 29 2002

       First things first: why "Zircon"? Maybe volunteering your info first would have helped some of the more senselessly secretive members to open up...or not.   

       I'd like to know what you imagine about mine before I explain, though.
XSarenkaX, Aug 29 2002

       [alx]..alternative ....(s.s.s s. ..s.ssssssssssss)x?
hollajam, Aug 29 2002

       I've had people ask me how much I like Zen Buddists because I named my online persona after them. Although I respect them and agree with some of their teachings, I'm not Zen myself. Nope, it just a couple of last names getting squished together, nothing exciting, unless you think about what happened after the squishing...
barnzenen, Aug 29 2002

       I find it funny that nobody has yet voted on this idea, despite the many annotations.
XSarenkaX, Aug 29 2002

       I have a theory about UnaBubba. I've heard he wanders around NYC in sinister army surplus kit with hood up, and yet has this endearing clownish quality to him... hm?
General Washington, Aug 29 2002

       Steve Degroof climbed Deroof with Depail of water.. He stumbled 'round then he fell down his pail a tumbling after...   

       Apologies... I couldn't stop the tune in my head...   

       I ..I ..have kids..my family license to get carried away with myself was revoked here at home..   

       The Bakery has been my 'closet' hideout for this behavior.
hollajam, Aug 29 2002

       //what you imagine about mine //
As one of those word puzzle thingies, I would read it as:
Sarenka in two x's => Sarenka in Texas
But unless Illinois has been moved, I'd say that's an errant imagining.
half, Aug 29 2002

       [XSarenkaX] Um. Someone called Sarenka who is imprisoned. Sorry. Possibly in a gulag. There it is, a bit harsh I know. (I'm reading 'the Gulag Archiapelago' at the moment.)   

       Well, it was a conscious decsion to not explain 'Zircon' (rather than an omission) in the idea main text. I didn't want to foist unrequired info on to others. For all I knew/know I'm the only one who is interested, and as I know why I'm called Zircon, there's no need to record it down here.   

       But seeing as though you asked....I discovered the halfbakery purely by accident (presumably this is how everyone finds it) whilst I sould have been working on a project about heavy mineral sands (I've just graduated from a Geology course). Not having used any of the 8 weeks we had to do any of the work before the deadline, me and my group started working in earnest on the Sunday evening before the wednesday lunch hand-in point. Suffice it to say, what little time I probably should have spent sleeping, I actually spent gazing at this nice white screen with all this innovative debate going on and thinking wow, 'I could murder a croissant'. Zircon was the sand which I was researching at the time. Bet you wish you'd never asked now!
Zircon, Aug 29 2002

       At first glance, and with a small s, XsarenkaX, could pass for one of the weapons they keep talking about being hidden in Iraq. A new and twice as deadly combination of antrax and serin gas, one drop of it could....... but I know better.
ty6, Aug 29 2002

       [Zircon] Oh.. I thought maybe, Zircon.....Zircoff?
hollajam, Aug 29 2002

       // I find it funny that nobody has yet voted on this idea, despite the many annotations. // Much as I'm fond of being pelted with croissants, (in the realworld and in the 'bakery) it some how seems right that none should give this a vote. (a positive one at least.) I now its a bit of a non-idea. I'm just pleased that everyone has taken it as a bit of fun and not got up on their tall equines.
Zircon, Aug 29 2002

       Nice guesses, everyone....but oh so wrong. I'm just not that morbid.   

       See my link for the explanation of my moniker. It's quite embedded in the anno's, so do a search on the word "Czesc" and you should find it easily.
XSarenkaX, Aug 29 2002

       In my youth I was a hit man for the mob. I didn’t care about other people and was intent on living an exciting life of crime, always beyond the reach of the law. Then, of course, it all went horribly wrong. I was left holding the bag during a drug bust and ended up spending 10 years in prison. During this time I found god and when I was eventually released I became a Catholic priest and established a small church in the heart of the Amazon rainforest. There I taught the natives about the value of doing good to others and so inspired were they, that they showed me the one place where a small orchid grew. Taking the orchid, I returned to my native land and showed the plant to a scientist of my acquaintance (he had supplied me with certain chemicals in my previous employment). It turned out that this plant had absolutely no scientific value whatever. Depressed and heartbroken I went to a pub, got absolutely smashed and then staggered into a bookies. There I put my last few pounds on a horse at odds of 1000-1. It came in last and now I am destitute. Err…what was the question again?
DrBob, Aug 29 2002

       [DrBob], you're not supposed to pick orchids - especially if there was only one small one growing there. They're very rare.   

       As for the other stuff...eh.
XSarenkaX, Aug 29 2002

       A nickname I obtained at school, and am still referred to by a couple of my closer friends. Most of my mates just use my last name.
kaz, Aug 29 2002

       hey "tiny kaz", send my notes back now the exams are over. ta, mate. what was that site you liked again? 1/2 biscuit?
po, Aug 29 2002

       lol I borrowed your notes? I've yet to convert any of my friends or associates to the halfbakery, although I am working on it. And besides I'm not that short.
kaz, Aug 29 2002

       yes tiny, my notes, thank you and talking *short* you owe me a fiver.
po, Aug 29 2002

       I didn't know that spaces were available.
RobertKidney, Aug 29 2002

       BinaryCookies - From my AIM screen name BinaryARS(Automatic Random Speech) but I wanted to make it more baked-goods themed.
BinaryCookies, Aug 29 2002

       oh god I'm sorry [po] I'm all out of money at the moment :P
kaz, Aug 29 2002

       Zircon... I'm enjoying your suggestions, care to have a go at mine before I offer a reason?
madradish, Aug 30 2002

       It's my nickname but apparently I (or my parents) didn't understand British slang . . . .
bristolz, Aug 30 2002

       'twas my prognosis.
briandamage, Aug 30 2002

       Favorite animal + favorite fruit-able. Think about it.
polartomato, Aug 30 2002

       [madradish] there is an air of Scotland about you. Whenever I read your id my internal dialog does so in a scotch accent. I suppose this is the fairly obvious similarity between madradish and McRadish. Now I think of it more I'm put in mind of a rad faced, mad scots hill farmer who is trying to cultivate some radishes so he/she can provide their local community with some salad ingedients rather than only mutton.
Zircon, Aug 30 2002

       That should of course be monolog, rather than dialog there is only one of me in my head. No there's not. Yes there is, shut up.
Zircon, Aug 30 2002

       Dogged, plus I like dogs more than I like most people. Seems like about the time I found the HB there were several punnish usernames in evidence, so I cued off that.
Dog Ed, Aug 30 2002

       Having all but worn out the 'f' key adding letters to the end of my name in an effort to get a unique handle on the internet, I decided to substitute a letter with a similar looking number, blissfully unaware that this made me look like a teenager.
st3f, Aug 30 2002

       What, you mean, you're not...?
hippo, Aug 30 2002

       What? Canonised or young?
st3f, Aug 30 2002

       [polartomato] strange isn't it that the polar bear is prefixed 'polar' as though it's resident at both ends of the planet (when it can only be found in the north), where as the arctic tern's name insinuates that it is restricted to the north, when infact not only is it found in the south too, but individuals of the population migrate between the two poles.
Zircon, Aug 30 2002

       I'm afraid you won't find any polar bears down south eating penguins. Maybe -tomato is referring to polar-hares or polar-foxes.   

       Everytime I see madradish I think it's some city in India.
FarmerJohn, Aug 30 2002

       I was christened by my cow-orkers .... I've explained before so I won't repeat it ..... just read my profile.
8th of 7, Aug 30 2002

       I have that video.
My nic was the cheapest one jutta had for sale or trade - who needs their firstborn anyway?
thumbwax, Aug 30 2002

       [Zircon] You've got to read the book, "Zircon; The Sands Come of Time" by Z.T. Scot   

       (It starts 'simply'..)   

       "Zi found himself before the glowing portal. There were no options but the obvious. Zi could chose to wonder aimlessly free floating without any data available to sample for referencing speed or direction or anything else for that matter for another eternity in the long dark passage from which he had just presented from or Zi could disturb the portal's interface and wait for elements to present themselves.   

       Zi's time passage in the data void was calculated to be equal to that in which complete break down of an Alpha unit of typical noble galactic mid weight product occurs. With that presepence at the lead of Zi's processing Zi readily sampled physical data about the Portal's interface. Spatial dimensions, energy frequencies, photon emittance, energy consumption efficiency---and cautiously --- a handshake-.   

       At least waiting for something from the portal, even if the choice to disturb it was a fatalistic choice in the end, at least waiting for some new effect gave Zi a sensation of hightened anticipation. His ready systems cued. Zi recorded this effect into his Imprinting Data Block.   

       Having been without input data from outside his own systems for the incredible measure of 'ticks' executed by his Hydrogen Battery-Clocking Hardpack Cell, Zi detected a miniscule but none the less detectable fluctuation in drain on the Cell. This small irregularity prompted a looping check in his sytems status. Zi allowed the looping check to repeat. And then again. Unwittingly Zi's looping redundancy was creating a secondary confirmation of his systems status into his Imprint Block but impressively bipassing his defining Proccess Filter...   

       Anyway [Hollajam here now..] it has a happy ending.   

       Zi after many trials and tributlations gets to be a real boy in the end and is reunited with his maker...
hollajam, Aug 30 2002

       Whhhh.....urrrr, are we in Kansas any more?
Zircon, Aug 30 2002

       Heh. I deserve that. Your user name history made me think of the phrase, "Zircon the sands of time" The next thing I know I'm entertaining myself visualizing a story behind your "gazing into a white screen" and it turns into a sci.fx of 'Pinnochio'.. (but then 'P.' already is) I was actually about to copy and paste it to my own files for deep freeze storage and spare you the torture but I mindlessly hit the friggin OK button. So it's OK if you want to throw some of those polartomatoes at me. I'll be beating myself up for awhile anyway--won't notice more mess.
hollajam, Aug 30 2002

       I'm starting to get used to that response. The consistency of ecountering it has a reinforcing 'comfort' all its own.
hollajam, Aug 30 2002

       When I saw 'polartomato' I thought more of a tomato with some sort of strange electromagneticish aura to it.   

       BTW, mine is a character from a rather well-known Christian fiction series, which I use on several sites.
RayfordSteele, Aug 30 2002

       What? [UnaBubba] Is there a nano measure of endearment present in those words?   


       Then I won!
hollajam, Aug 30 2002

The land of jam and bubby,
Was a wonderful place,
Through a wardrobe in a bakery,
Lay not lions, but debates,
Of spelling and punctuation,
And subtle satire sounds,
Of pedantry yes! but remember,
To lay cyber swords on ground,
The wilder unabubba,
Creeps quietly in the grass,
Whilst hapless holla hides away,
A newbie but he’ll last,
Bub leaps and strikes, he knocks him down,
and demands email address,
Jam retorts he can’t decide,
which dish to clean from the rest,
But that fair land is foolish,
And has now been destroyed
‘You’ve no idea’ said Bristolz,
I can’t say I’m annoyed
Zircon, Aug 30 2002

       [UnaBubba] In case it caught you by surprise again-- I was just ribbing you. How could anyone not feel lighthearted after zircon's style of diplomacy.   

       Yellow brick...Yellow Banana... I will put yellow down in my notes under [UnaBubba], now..   

       Topic: Zircon, [Zircon], is this a material that can be easly tinted? I swear I keep reading the annotation, "Follow The Yellow Brick Road, Cubic Zirconia Girl" as "You Go Girl!"
hollajam, Aug 30 2002

       [Zircon] That would be, "she", as in Lioness on a satisfyingly serendipitous Serengheti plain...   

       Not a problem though. (More hugs) Lovely--Have I a twin or undiscovered sibling?   

       I haven't got to podantry-oh- pedantry yet.
hollajam, Aug 30 2002

       "Many people ask what is a waugsqueke? Why waugsqueke? Ugh, waugsqueke how did the name arrive? So I will tell you. It came in a vision - a man appeared on a Flaming Pie and said unto me 'From this day on you are waugsqueke with an A'. 'Thank you, Mister Man,' I said, thanking him..."
waugsqueke, Aug 30 2002

       obscure translation of my surname; sounds better than san-yan (IMHO).   

       Btw - took a hiatus for a few days, and have come back to see a plethora of new, interesting faces. What a pleasant surprise! Welcome all.
yamahito, Aug 30 2002

       hollajam was already taken...
gniterobot, Aug 30 2002

       waugs, I always thought that you just chose yours at random from amongst all the other spellings of that name.
DrBob, Aug 31 2002

       Remember, remember,
The Fifth of November,
Gunpowder, treason and plot
Guy Fox, Aug 31 2002

       Have you been scrounging for pennies?
Jinbish, Aug 31 2002

       No, I don't have a bogie. Besides, I don't think I'd like where that would lead.
Guy Fox, Aug 31 2002

       I'm too embarrassed to tell. ;)
lumpy, Sep 01 2002

       Thankyou Zircon, I haven't laughed that hard in a while. To tell the truth, even my fake Scottish accent isn't very good. I think my maternal great grandfather was a Scot, but that's the closest link. I reside in Australia, I am also of the female persuasion.   

       madradish dates back to high school, a group of friends decided (for a reason lost in the mists of time) to take on an old fashioned name, a word indicating insanity plus a vegetable name... Hildegarde the crazed beetroot, Martha the loopy lettuce etc. I became Peggy the mad radish. Over time it got shortened to madradish.   

       When I discovered the internet in 1996, madradish came in handy because it was unique. I placed some dictionary definitions in my profile, they also fit.   

       It's funny what some people read into it. There was a certain troll about these parts for a short while who claimed to be a member of the US military. I was disagreeing with him on a point of biology and he became rather rabid. He said I must be Moslem... called me maradish and told me to go off and read the korran <sp> or something like that. I'm glad that I got to read that anno before he was vapourised.
madradish, Sep 01 2002

       <obligatory title misunderstanding>I thought this was going to be an portable computer with some clever artificial intelligence gubbins to assist Bill Clinton in making important decisions.</obligatory title misunderstanding>
hippo, Sep 01 2002

       Yay! I *knew* if I stayed in denial long enough, Rods'd be back
thumbwax, Sep 01 2002

       Famous last words.
reensure, Sep 01 2002

       It was murder. (Though maybe that was the Orient Express.)
DrCurry, Sep 01 2002

       no, it was wet.
po, Sep 01 2002

       Why that moniker? Because she happened to be next in turn...
PeterSilly, Sep 02 2002

       Rods, they don't have internet in Jamaica? You could have let us KNOW! (turns off nitty mothering voice) I thought perhaps you had evaporated when Steiger did. Glad to see not.
Dog Ed, Sep 03 2002

       it's my name. note the metric spelling.
mihali, Sep 03 2002

       Sorry, I got here late. I Totally love Tea. My beverage of choice.
TeaTotal, Sep 03 2002

       Yeah, me too.. but by the time I scrolled all the way down, I forgot what I was supposed to write...
Mr Burns, Sep 04 2002

       gniterobot sounds like someone putting their robot to bed.
madradish, Sep 04 2002

       [Guy fox], reminds me of Psycho fox on the Sega Master system (?). Side scrolling platformer. Fairly standard, good fun though. There was a secret door on the first level that fed you directly to the end boss, you could complete it in about 1min.
Zircon, Sep 04 2002

       It means "to help" in latin.

When I first went online years ago, I wanted a gender-less handle that meant something, but that no one else would use, so that I'd always have a consistent handle for everything I'd sign up for. I've been able to use it for everything since.
iuvare, Sep 04 2002

       "beauxeault" is explained in my profile. Click here...
beauxeault, Sep 04 2002

       Being a rampant Francophobe, I've never reaaly been able to bring myself to pronounce beaux's name in the proper manner, so I've settled on a pronunciation best illustrated by the following example...

[DrBob enters library and approaches librarian] "Excuse me. I wonder if you have a copy of The Gastronome Codex?"
[Librarian, shaking head ruefully]. "Sorry sir, books out!"
DrBob, Sep 04 2002

       (goot-yam not gooty-am) Nothing to explain. It's pure nonsense. OK maybe not pure maybe 99&44/100 pure (except I don't float).
gootyam, Sep 04 2002

       //except I don't float// that floater would be pootyam
thumbwax, Sep 04 2002

       "neelandan" is explained in my profile. Click here...
neelandan, Sep 05 2002

       Actually, no - 3 hrs last night - just took a 20 minute nap - (wonders if everybody chuckles when they see "I wanted to be Dipsy" - po - while annotating) - popping in bakery in between finding some info I need for other matters - bakery restoreth sanity/faith in humanity, ewe know.
thumbwax, Sep 05 2002

       I stuck a pin in a dictionary. Look it up (or, alternatively, see link).
Parvenu, Jan 06 2003

       Nice one, [parvenu]. I can't believe that was a random choice!   

       [XsarenkaX], your link is broken. Please explain!!   

       For me, I wanted something that indicated an office based (a la Dilbert, Dogbert etc) anglo-saxon (Egbert was the first King of all England, in the 9th century). Also, egghead was my nickname at school, and "little egg" is a term of endearment I use for my children, so it seemed a good idea to carry on the theme.
egbert, Jan 06 2003

       I typed in my first name. Taken.   

       I typed in my last name. Taken   

       I typed in something generic. Also taken.   

       Then I got a tad ticked and typed in the first thing to pop into my head. Kinda wish it had been a bit shorter.   

       egbert, it took a few attempts to find something decent. Dishwasher came up once... *shudder*. I think Xsar.. renamed that idea, can't remember what.   

       2 fri.. etc., would've been ironic if *that* had been taken! I'm sure if you asked jutta nicely she could change it to something different, shorter. If you want to, that is. I'm not complaining, I think 2 fries.. etc is very original... I'm digging here...
Parvenu, Jan 06 2003

       Sorry about the broken link. It was to one of [blissmiss]'s many now-lost ideas due to her account death and rebirth: "Mad Cupcakes". Unfortunately that idea also had a nice collection of HalfBakers' locations on a map, which is now all lost. Let this be a lesson to all you hasty account deleters out there!   

       Anyhoo, "XSarenkaX" is the result of a Polish nickname given me by my first boyfriend (also Polish). "Sarenka" is a Polish word that means doe, as in a deer...a female deer. I've been told I have big eyes; perhaps they're doe-eyes.   

       The X's are absolutely meaningless (sorry). I tacked them on after an attempt to use "Sarenka" for my Yahoo! account proved I wasn't the only Polish doe out there on the Internet. I use "XSarenkaX" pretty much at every site that allows me to.
XSarenkaX, Jan 06 2003

       If "2 fries...", had been taken, I honestly don't know if I would have tried another or just gone on about my day. Wwheeoo, that was close.   

       instead of our sweet 2 fries, we might have had an "Oh f**k" :)
po, Jan 06 2003

       I think I was pretty lucky when I chose my moniker, [kaz] is normally taken on most websites so I end up going by something like [kaz2010] which is pretty shite to be honest.
kaz, Jan 06 2003

       The map is not gone! I've linked to it here.. maybe if we're nice to bliss she'll repost 'Susen's Mad cupcakes'.
madradish, Jan 08 2003

       2 fries: That reminds me of a time I was trying to log onto IRC. (before I was st3f).   

       I tried 'stef'... taken.
I tried 'steff'... taken.
I tried 'stefff'... taken.
I tried 'penguin'... taken.
I tried 'walrus'... taken.
In a fit of frustration, I tried 'its_me'... taken.

       Not believing that anybody would ever use 'its_me' I thought the system broken and typed 'whois its_me' (or whatever the command is on irc). The following message came back.   

       User: its_me
Comment: Who else?

       I logged on as 'gbeiwug' (or some other series of random keypresses).
st3f, Jan 08 2003

       I'm a typing peanut.
goober, Jan 08 2003

       Depending on how long ago the idea was deleted, you could try looking for it in google's cache...
Parvenu, Jan 08 2003

       I am a Canuck, so I am Canuck. I first tried to log on using my nickname of gator, then as a lower-case canuck, but neither worked, so I tried a capital C and the rest, as they say, is history. For those unfamiliar with the term, it is a kind of international shorthand used to refer to a person from Canada, much like a British person is often called a Brit, Australian an Aussie, and someone from the US of A is called a Yank. Although some folks originally used it as a derogatory term, I have never taken offense at being either Canuck or a Canuck.   

       Wasn't Dipsy one of Disney's dwarves' long-lost cousins from the unreleased sequel, "Snow White II - If This Is Wednesday It Must Be Hump Day."?
Canuck, Jan 12 2003

       Kaz, would you happen to have a last name of Kruchevski, (or some similar spelling) by chance? I knew a Kaz once.
RayfordSteele, Jan 13 2003

       I like donuts--eating one right now, in fact--and it seemed to fit in with the bakery theme here.
DonutBoy, Jan 31 2003

       ChewTheBeef: A game played mainly behind bike-sheds at high schools across this fine land of mine.
Instructions: 3 or more competitors stand in a circle passing a cigarette between them. Everyone takes a draw until it is almost at the Beef - butt. The person who takes the last draw which causes the lit ember to fall out to the ground must then chew the beef.

       The times we had etc.
ChewTheBeef, Mar 04 2003

       It's my name
weedy, Mar 05 2003

       I was given it as a nickname to reflect my newly acquired unidexter status.
oneoffdave, Mar 05 2003


"You’re changing your name? Not again?” Charlene said. We were sitting there drinking our fourth cup of coffee at her Formica topped kitchen table, the fluted aluminum sides glowing dully after years of scrubbing with Comet.
“I’m serious this time,” I said.
“Not Lauren Bacall again?”
“No, and this time it’s permanent.”
She waited, eyeing me with concern over her milky lenses. She'd probably scrubbed those with Comet too.
“Pluterday,” I said.
“Pluter Day?” she sputtered, choking on her coffee.
“No, just one word. I got it changed at the courthouse yesterday.”
“Charlie!” she called her husband, forgetting that he was in Afghanistan.
“You like it?”
“No, I don’t. Honestly, it’s terrible. If you want to change your name, why don’t you pick something pretty, like Charlene?”
“Pluterday is pretty.” Not only pretty, it was my real name.
“You know what, you need to see a shrink. What the hell is pluterday anyway?”
“It’s a day that rich people have, an extra day of the week, everybody has it in the future.”
“Jesus. Charlie!” she said, looking towards the garage door, but it didn’t open. “I’m serious, a shrink. And don’t start talking time travel again.”

I’d told Charlene I was a time traveler because that was the truth, and because the truth was always the best story—Professor Dalywonker had told me no one would believe it, and he was right. I opened my mouth, but Charlene shook her head and stomped off to the garage to get reinforcements. She intended to bring Charlie back to the kitchen to back her up, to tell me I needed psychiatric care. Hah! She was the one that wore that ragged pink bathrobe until late afternoon, she was the one that forgot her husband was on the other side of the planet. That’s when I got a beep on my sub-temporal pager. The message said that I was required immediately.

Immediately—I always thought that was a funny way to put it. I had another cup of coffee, knowing that I wouldn’t be late, couldn’t be late.

Hell, I had at least a century.

pluterday, Sep 19 2003

       it's my degree.
jonthegeologist, Sep 19 2003

       Theobald Geologist BA (Jons)
st3f, Sep 19 2003

       Nice one [Pluterday], I'm starting the standing O. Or the wave, I'm not sure which.   

       I have synaesthesia with numbers. 2560=INTERNET. The best inventors have really weird brains.
mr2560, Sep 20 2003

       Rather obviously, it's my name. I am lucky to have a slightly unusual name which is less like to have been taken than "Dave" or "Fionnula". Looking at all the other names and the hard work that has gone into their selection, I sort of wish I'd put a bit more effort into it. "hazelthechemist" perhaps. Or "curioussweetcorn". "DrEggFriedRice". Ho hum.
hazel, Sep 20 2003

       My moniker is the result when I sign my name on a birthday card for a friend (when I am very drunk).
Jinbish, Sep 22 2003

       It's a whole philosophical stance in just four letters. And it's Spanish. What's not to love?   

       Truthfully, it just happened.
k_sra, Sep 22 2003

       It was what I was wearing when I woke up.
Gulherme, Sep 22 2003

       The sound my car makes and my office chair and my front door and my knees and my boots and my bed. Probably shoulda been [needs_to_buy_oil].
squeak, Sep 22 2003

       I'm a mechanical engineer. And I wanted something "earthy", so I went for Earthgineer. That was taken. I think also [pluter] was working on a whole-earth air conditioning system at the time, so maybe that's how it popped into my head.   

       (later) Just re-read the "Planetary scale ductwork" idea, and it looks like that came after.
Worldgineer, Sep 25 2003

       I joined HB early 2001. At the time I was struck by the mirth, irony and sarcasm each idea generated. Since my view is that HB is chiefly for the inner-comic in all of us, I decided to, in my self-effacing way, pick a name that would suggest that all that I say is all in fun. Thus, I am the PATHETIC. Incidentally, I'm thinking of changing my login-id (maybe just open another account).
pathetic, Aug 12 2004

       I was part of a team reseaching ways to use genetically modified plants to help alleviate poverty in third world countries.   

       We had done some promising research in the area of using modified giant zuchinni as farm equipment. Our goal was to develop a Recumbent Modified Zuchinni. We called ourselves RMZ One.   

       Some big money people contacted us and made it clear that they would prefer we not succeed, since cheap labor was the source of their wealth. The offered the team a handsome price to dump the project.   

       My team mates accepted the offer. I declined my share of the profits, donating it to charity.   

       And I chose for my user name, No RMZ One.   

       normzone, Mar 10 2006 [edit, delete]   

       I was searching for a usable variation on my name, Norman, to use in a Hotmail address devoted to spam and disposable contacts. EVERYTHING was taken, until in frustration I keyed in .......
normzone, Aug 12 2004

       A high school friend thought his dog was a god once, and asked, "Do you worship the Great Shapu? He is a god in canine form. I am his high priest, annointed by his urine when he sleeps on my bed."   

       I was a bit put off, but thought the word sounded cool. I kept it lowercase because a) I didn't want to be confused with a lap dog, and b) I have a self-esteem issue and consider myself unworthy of proper noun status.
shapu, Aug 12 2004

       Well, I work at a pool and swim almost any chance I get.
swimr, Aug 12 2004

       Because given a chance I rather be scuba-diving
scubadooper, Aug 12 2004

       I'm a Renaissance political strategist.
Machiavelli, Aug 12 2004

       Okay, okay, I'm not. I've been told I have machiavellan tendencies.
Machiavelli, Aug 12 2004

       Spent days trying to think of something clever. It was very frustrating. Total blank (no surprise there, eh?) Since Jesus is more than alright with me, I picked a name that would identify with Him. Maybe it'll inspire me to behave.
Ichthus, Aug 12 2004

       "Jesus is more than alright with me..." [Ichthus], perhaps "Icthusiasm" or "Ichthusiastic" or "Ichthusiast" if you ever decide to change it?
half, Aug 12 2004

       Where were you July 12th when I *really* needed your help, [half]! Sheesh! Those are great! Arrrrrghhhh!
Ichthus, Aug 12 2004

       Like Pluterday, I'm not from around here. Different time, hell, different arm of the galaxy. What I typed are the sounds of my name that can be typed with the keyboard given. These details won't alarm you in anyway because I have a mind control device.
sartep, Aug 13 2004

       Wow, [sartep], you're right. I feel pretty good about that.
shapu, Aug 13 2004

       my mid-life crisis cry for help. originally dentworth25 because I wish I was again.
dentworth, Aug 13 2004

       It's Thai for Monkey, and short for Dar-Ling. Which one do you think applies to me?
Ling, Aug 13 2004

       //Monkey...Dar-Ling. Which one do you think applies to me?// Well, that's an awkward question.   

       Haha, just kidding.
Machiavelli, Aug 13 2004

       How long has this idea been up here?   

       Anyway, it's a verb. I got it from a scrabble dictionary. It means, "to cleanse by wiping." The threeeee-line explanation of this that I used to use as an email sig was suffixed by "Sting was taken."
absterge, Aug 13 2004

       Because I didn't think of calling myself [moniker]. But now I wish I had.
lostdog, Aug 13 2004

       I refuse to explain myself because It's not very interesting, doesn't make very much sense, and I've done it so often I don't like to anymore. Suffice to say (this is 100% true) it involves a combination of Gary Larson, 7th-grade english class, and a hasty cultural analysis.
5th Earth, Aug 13 2004

       I borrowed mine from a song by the Clash, my school password was JimmyJazz and this username is take nfro mthe song of the same name. Although have since found out that it's an ancient Ethiopian phrase for praising God.
Sattamassagana, Aug 14 2004

       You never told me! Git.   

       I held a contest over my name. [yabba do yabba dabba] won.
harderthanjesus, Aug 23 2004

       ether I am or I'm not
etherman, Aug 24 2004

       I allways thought UnaBubba was a very famous explosives-criminal with a cold.
zeno, Mar 02 2005

       He's a cross between a shrimp-farmer from the deep south and Una Stubbs.
zen_tom, Mar 02 2005

       I am _not_ a green fairy.
AbsintheWithoutLeave, Mar 02 2005

       It stands to reason.
skinflaps, Mar 02 2005

       [Abs] The thought of an deleafed Kylie Minogue is one I will now forever associate you with.   

       [Skinflaps] I want to associate you with thoughts of other things, can I transfer the Kylie thing onto you as well?
zen_tom, Mar 02 2005

       [zen_tom] If we should ever meet, I hope you can handle disappointment.
AbsintheWithoutLeave, Mar 02 2005

       [zen_tom] whatever you feel comfortable with, dump away.
skinflaps, Mar 02 2005

       As explained in my profile, I'm an Air Force EOD trainee, which means I make sure bombs change their minds about blowing up and killing people. (That is, I disarm them.)
disbomber, Apr 15 2005

       //Why that moniker?// Why do you think?
coprocephalous, Apr 15 2005

       You're a singing police officer and a... wait, that's not nice.
Worldgineer, Apr 15 2005

       I just picked something to get past the login process.(Zimmy = short for Zimmerman = Dylan's original last name). I've often thought It would be nice to have put a little more thought into it.

       Once upon a time, ya baked so fine
issued puns n' rhymes, in your prime
Diiiidn't youuuu.
Zimmy, Apr 15 2005

       ..and here's me hoping it was some sort of metaphor. Oh dear.
moomintroll, Apr 15 2005

       When I first started out on the internet, I got a Xanga at the behest of my friends, and typed in my username as "markflynn." After a little bit, I forgot the password, so I made a new account, and named it "notmarkflynn." It just stuck. People started calling me Not Mark Flynn, so now it's my username for Facebook, LiveJournal, AIM, G-Mail, and the various other sites I subscribe to. For a little while, I thought of legally changing my first name to Not Mark.
notmarkflynn, Mar 11 2006

       Fussy Pedant, it's who I am! Or should I say, what I am!
FussyPedant, Mar 21 2007

       you seem to have lost your way though...   

       try google
po, Mar 21 2007

       Though I am a human bieng who lacks identity, I have long lasting flavor and often feel that I am trapped in a big glass jar.
daseva, Mar 21 2007

       Wow, what a waltz down memory lane. So many folks that I wonder where they are now. and Some I wish I'd never met '-o
blissmiss, Mar 21 2007

       My paternal grandfather's name was Bacon, I require large-size hats, "bacon brained" is an old insult in Georgette Heyer's marvelous books, my brain switches from liking bacon to not liking bacon without consulting me, and I wish I'd picked something else or at least capitalized.
baconbrain, Mar 21 2007

       'imaginality' is a place somewhere between imagination and reality. It's where I spend most of my time.
imaginality, Mar 21 2007

       Back in the early eighties when I invented the Internet... (oops, sorry!)   

       Anyway, way-back-when, most login names on the unix systems that constituted the internet were composed of one's first intital and the first three letters of one's surname. So aside from the Hollerith-card remote system on which I learned to hate FORTRAN in the early '70s, this was my first login name, and I've kept it.   

       I liked the combination, unlike Frances Uckerman, Steven Hitworth, Catherine Rappoport, and other unfortunates.   

       It also resonates with cc = "carbon copy" as we are all composed of hydrocarbons.   

       One board I frequent allowed me the username of "c" -pretty easy to type!
csea, Mar 22 2007

       One day in highschool a fellow student and I were about to trade bruises and broken teeth over something or other when he out and called me Custard Guts. I thought it was hillarious and laughed so hard I had to sit down. We ended up good friends and he taught me how to play rugby, so I suppose it all ended well. The name stuck, although I had to petition the principal to allow it to be entered into the senior yearbook as my nickname. It's no longer descriptive and I don't use it anymore, but thought it to be pretty appropriate for this site given the spate of custard related ideas that were about when I first started visiting.
Custardguts, Mar 23 2007

       A favorite activity of mine and my former zip code. It came up when I was trying to get a screenname for AOL a while back, and I started using it for everything. And it was a little more mature than "whackingdeer", another that I used for a short time in junior high.
Hunter79764, Mar 23 2007

       [csea] I used to know a Tracy Watt who worked for a very large investment bank where they had the same rule about forming your username from your first initial and the first three letters of your surname.
hippo, Mar 23 2007

       It's an interesting story. I chose "MaxwellBuchanan" because the first part matches my first name. Also, the second part matches my surname, so it seemed natural to combine them in some sort of way to arrive at a nickname.
MaxwellBuchanan, Mar 24 2007

       [hippo] Poor Tracy! Haha!   

       So what is the origin of your own moniker?
csea, Mar 24 2007

theleopard, Jun 13 2007

       Lt. Frank, how little you know us.
po, Jun 13 2007

       I don't know when to quit... but I think that sail on the horizon might be an MFD (list), and the wind's a-blowing on-shore. <slaps self, stops talking like a pirate>
pertinax, Jun 14 2007

       Ah yes, Raymond Chandler, on the shelf just before C.J. Cherryh.
normzone, Jun 14 2007

       My marklar is a marklar to Marklar.   

       "Greetings Marklar, I am Marklar. We come in Marklar ... Oh Marklar!"
marklar, Jun 14 2007

       [Lt Frank] - thanks - modesty forbids me from saying which bits of your speculation are correct
[csea] - it was the first word that came into my head when I needed to come up with a username
hippo, Jun 14 2007

       Seems someone's gone and deleted the brilliant idea where I'd annotated an explanation of my moniker. Let me then explain again, here, and hope nobody gets the bright idea to delete this brilliant idea. :)   

       "XSarenkaX" is the username I've been using since I'd first gone online circa 1997, which seems both forever ago and just yesterday at the same time. At the time, I was living at my first apartment with my live-in boyfriend, whom I now know as "Crash" (but that's another story).   

       Anyhoo, we are both Polish and apparently I have (or once had) big eyes, according to a lot of people... doe eyes even, if you will. Doe, in Polish, is "sarenka", which was the pet name given to me by "Crash" at the time we were dating. "Sarenka" was taken at Yahoo! when I signed up, so I decided to throw some X's around it, for uniqueness's sake. It did the trick and I've been using it ever since.   

       But you can call me "Benia" if you want. :)
XSarenkaX, Apr 02 2008

       Hi Benia, I presume you weren't living with [crash]?
wagster, Apr 02 2008

       Firstly, i was thinking about this idea earlier today, actually, so i may as well answer it now.   

       Secondly, it's from an anecdote i heard told about Giordano Bruno, a sixteenth century freethinking hero who was burnt at the stake for writing a book which claimed the sun was one of many stars, well presumably you all know the story. Anyway, it isn't just told about him and there are some other versions.   

       Thirdly, it's said that a Philosophy student was reading Bruno's book 'On The Plurality Of Worlds'. Each paragraph in English translation reads "Firstly...", "Secondly...", "Thirdly..." et caetera. When the student reached the paragraph beginning "Nineteenthly", he decided that any subject in which a book could be written where this word could appear was rather too much to handle, so he gave up Philosophy and got a life.   

       Fourthly, it commemorates Giordano Bruno, a martyr to rationality and a broad world view, though actually he was a Neoplatonist and not really scientific at all.   

       Fifthly, it commemorates my status as a philosopher, which is what i am.   

       Sixthly, it reminds me of the kind of discussions which go on here.   

       Seventhly, i too am highly verbose.   

       Eighthly, it reminds me that i should go off and do something else rather than spending my life on this website, tempting though that prospect is.   

       Ninthly, i can't get to "nineteenthly" on this. I should probably work on that.
nineteenthly, Apr 02 2008

       Funny, as I generally websurf in skim mode I'd always read your moniker as 9/10thly. Which would come a little before Firstly.
Worldgineer, Apr 02 2008

       For my sins, I had leopard skin hair at university and was thus dubbed The Leopard. The name stuck, but thankfully the hair-do didn't. Now I wear my spots on the inside.
theleopard, Apr 02 2008

       [Worldgineer], i sometimes think it would be interesting if there were several users with slightly different usernames, such as [woldgineer] or [worldginer]. That's a piece of pointless speculation of course, but then what isn't here?   

       [theleopard], i was actually wondering where that came from just before i read your answer.
nineteenthly, Apr 03 2008

       //it would be interesting if there were several users with slightly different usernames//   

       Yeah, with all but the original selling domain names or ch3ap m3d$.
Jinbish, Apr 03 2008

       OK, good point, maybe it's just as well, but i wonder if there are any which can be confused at a cursory glance.
nineteenthly, Apr 03 2008

       I wonder if anyone else finds that their moniker has changed meaning to them through the years. Mine started whimsically in the begining, seemed to become a sort of ironic statement later, and now has kind of come full circle.   

       Anyone else?
blissmiss, Apr 03 2008

       [blissmiss]: You are back! Or perhaps it is I who has returned? Welcome to both of us. :)   

       [wagster]: //Hi Benia, I presume you weren't living with [crash]?// No, I checked [crash]'s profile and that doesn't seem to be the same person I lived with. Besides, I still know "Crash" and he can't type for shit. He'd rather call than write. What's with people like that anyway?
XSarenkaX, Apr 23 2008

       //Why that Moniker//
Yeah, c'mon [fastthinker], spill the beans.
AbsintheWithoutLeave, Apr 23 2008

       I used to have a handle/charactr at school of the Wizened Gnome.
A couple of friends were 'The Cabbage Patch Assassin' and 'Frosty the Axe Wielding Snowman'
This got truncated to 'gnomethang' just because.
gnomethang, Apr 23 2008

       gnomethang = you're gorgeous.
po, Apr 23 2008

       Is everyone on the Halfbakery with an X in their name a Christian? What about all those names with <>< in them?
nineteenthly, Apr 23 2008

       <blushes> Aww! Shucks, Po! </blushes>
gnomethang, Apr 23 2008

       //Is everyone on the Halfbakery with an X in their name a Christian? //   

XSarenkaX, Apr 24 2008

       stole it from a friend's character in a MMORPG who, I imagine, stole it from the name of the screensaver.
FlyingToaster, Apr 24 2008

       Should I change mine to Rayfords†eele?
RayfordSteele, Apr 24 2008

       No, my name didn't come from [phoenix].   

       I think I covered my name origin on my profile.   

       And yes, the shadow of an immortal bird is also immortal. But not immune to fishbones.
Shadow Phoenix, May 11 2008

       Mine should be obvious to anyone of a certain age
BunsenHoneydew, Aug 11 2008

       Old family nickname, based (bizarrely) on my real name.
Dub, Aug 11 2008

       Back in the early days of AOL, they offered free hours of access if you helped kids with their homework. They asked that you create a "teacher" sounding screen name. I took QED from the math proofs and "MrQED" was taken, so I spelled it out and then helped kids make better mousetrap racers.
MisterQED, Aug 12 2008

       //hould I change mine to Rayfords†eele//

That looks pretty cool actually!
DrBob, Sep 01 2008

       I've been using this same name on the internet since I was 12, it's from The Simpsons, not so obviously.   

       AFAIK, the only cartoon character to be voiced by Johnny Cash
Spacecoyote, Oct 18 2008

       My mother-in-law named me that when my wife and I took her on a trip to Nova Scotia, her last trip before Alzheimer's totally ate her brain.   

       And since I'm an egotistical, self-centered control freak it kind of fits.
theGem, Oct 18 2008

       My school friends named me thus, because of my becoming a basso-profundo at age 12.   

       When I go back to my home town, I meet people who say, "Don't I know you?" "You sure do", I respond, giving my real name. Blank stare. "Lurch." Instant recognition. If I don't have it on my gravestone, even my relatives won't know who I am.
lurch, Oct 19 2008

       My daughters first attempts at counting to ten.
eight_nine_tortoise, Mar 25 2009

       I like to think i've started a trend of people spelling out numbers in their usernames.
nineteenthly, Mar 25 2009

       Simple in Hebrew
pashute, Aug 25 2011

TolpuddleSartre, Aug 25 2011

       Because it can.
skinflaps, Aug 25 2011


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