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Finally got to name ourselves, yet we chose these usernames

Postby charybdis » Mon Oct 21, 2013 8:19 pm

What's the story behind your username? Is it the one you use most commonly?

Mine came out randomly when I signed up for reddit actually. Because I thought I wouldn't really be using the account much, I chose a random verb. dwindles is a nickname that jonstoppable gave me and I decided to use it here.

I've used a range of usernames before, the majority of them super cringey.
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Postby hunnish » Mon Oct 21, 2013 8:21 pm

I tried to make up a word and it turned out to be a word.
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Postby soundclip989 » Mon Oct 21, 2013 8:32 pm

Several years ago I was in an electronic mash up duo called soundclip. I just used the same name for my reddit account, which I've only had one.

If your curious I guess here's one. Weird revisiting the page.

http://m.soundcloud.com/soundclip/scien ... ve-vs-mims
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Postby UnwashedMolasses » Mon Oct 21, 2013 8:38 pm

When I first signed up for a reddit account, I was excited to use the forum for political discussion/debate. Of course, that plan went to hell quickly, and I was still stuck with the username "TheUnwashedMasses". When I went on IRC, I wanted to use something related but different, and "Molasses" and "Masses" have enough assonance for me to dig it.
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Postby rjbman » Mon Oct 21, 2013 8:44 pm

Mine comes from my dad always calling me by my initials as a kid... He'd be like "Hey RJB... man" and it just stuck.
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Postby Bobbin.Threadbare » Mon Oct 21, 2013 8:50 pm

I used to love the old Lucas Arts games when I was a kid (Monkey Island, LOOM), and Bobbin Threadbare was the main character in LOOM.

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I started calling myself Bobbin from the moment I got online and I use it to separate my professional and personal life. My friends and girlfriend call me Bobbin more than anything else.
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Postby RycePooding » Mon Oct 21, 2013 9:40 pm

Uh.... I think I was high and eating rice pudding.
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Re: Finally got to name ourselves, yet we chose these userna

Postby odradek » Mon Oct 21, 2013 9:53 pm

Die Sorge des Hausvaters
Die einen sagen, das Wort Odradek stamme aus dem Slawischen und sie suchen auf Grund dessen die Bildung des Wortes nachzuweisen. Andere wieder meinen, es stamme aus dem Deutschen, vom Slawischen sei es nur beeinflußt. Die Unsicherheit beider Deutungen aber läßt wohl mit Recht darauf schließen, daß keine zutrifft, zumal man auch mit keiner von ihnen einen Sinn des Wortes finden kann.
Natürlich würde sich niemand mit solchen Studien beschäftigen, wenn es nicht wirklich ein Wesen gäbe, das Odradek heißt. Es sieht zunächst aus wie eine flache sternartige Zwirnspule, und tatsächlich scheint es auch mit Zwirn bezogen; allerdings dürften es nur abgerissene, alte, aneinandergeknotete, aber auch ineinanderverfilzte Zwirnstücke von verschiedenster Art und Farbe sein. Es ist aber nicht nur eine Spule, sondern aus der Mitte des Sternes kommt ein kleines Querstäbchen hervor und an dieses Stäbchen fügt sich dann im rechten Winkel noch eines. Mit Hilfe dieses letzteren Stäbchens auf der einen Seite, und einer der Ausstrahlungen des Sternes auf der anderen Seite, kann das Ganze wie auf zwei Beinen aufrecht stehen.
Man wäre versucht zu glauben, dieses Gebilde hätte früher irgendeine zweckmäßige Form gehabt und jetzt sei es nur zerbrochen. Dies scheint aber nicht der Fall zu sein; wenigstens findet sich kein Anzeichen dafür; nirgends sind Ansätze oder Bruchstellen zu sehen, die auf etwas Derartiges hinweisen würden; das Ganze erscheint zwar sinnlos, aber in seiner Art abgeschlossen. Näheres läßt sich übrigens nicht darüber sagen, da Odradek außerordentlich beweglich und nicht zu fangen ist.
Er hält sich abwechselnd auf dem Dachboden, im Treppenhaus, auf den Gängen, im Flur auf. Manchmal ist er monatelang nicht zu sehen; da ist er wohl in andere Häuser übersiedelt; doch kehrt er dann unweigerlich wieder in unser Haus zurück. Manchmal, wenn man aus der Tür tritt und er lehnt gerade unten am Treppengeländer, hat man Lust, ihn anzusprechen. Natürlich stellt man an ihn keine schwierigen Fragen, sondern behandelt ihn – schon seine Winzigkeit verführt dazu – wie ein Kind. »Wie heißt du denn?« fragt man ihn. »Odradek«, sagt er. »Und wo wohnst du?« »Unbestimmter Wohnsitz«, sagt er und lacht; es ist aber nur ein Lachen, wie man es ohne Lungen hervorbringen kann. Es klingt etwa so, wie das Rascheln in gefallenen Blättern. Damit ist die Unterhaltung meist zu Ende. Übrigens sind selbst diese Antworten nicht immer zu erhalten; oft ist er lange stumm, wie das Holz, das er zu sein scheint.
Vergeblich frage ich mich, was mit ihm geschehen wird. Kann er denn sterben? Alles, was stirbt, hat vorher eine Art Ziel, eine Art Tätigkeit gehabt und daran hat es sich zerrieben; das trifft bei Odradek nicht zu. Sollte er also einstmals etwa noch vor den Füßen meiner Kinder und Kindeskinder mit nachschleifendem Zwirnsfaden die Treppe hinunterkollern? Er schadet ja offenbar niemandem; aber die Vorstellung, daß er mich auch noch überleben sollte, ist mir eine fast schmerzliche.

or, for those of you who prefer your languages less depressing
(The Cares of a Family Man)
«Some say the word Odradek is of Slavonic origin, and try to account for it on that basis. Others again believe it to be of German origin, only influenced by Slavonic. The uncertainty of both interpretations allows one to assume with justice that neither is accurate, especially as neither of them provides an intelligent meaning of the word.
No one, of course, would occupy himself with such studies if there were not a creature called Odradek. At first glance it looks like a flat star-shaped spool for thread, and indeed it does seem to have thread wound upon it; to be sure, they are only old, broken-off bits of thread, knotted and tangled together, of the most varied sorts and colors. But it is not only a spool, for a small wooden crossbar sticks out of the middle of the star, and another small rod is joined to that at a right angle. By means of this latter rod on one side and one of the points of the star on the other, the whole thing can stand upright as if on two legs.
One is tempted to believe that the creature once had some sort of intelligible shape and is now only a broken-down remnant. Yet this does not seem to be the case; at least there is no sign of it; nowhere is there an unfinished or unbroken surface to suggest anything of the kind; the whole thing looks senseless enough, but in its own way perfectly finished. In any case, closer scrutiny is impossible, since Odradek is extraordinarily nimble and can never be laid hold of.
He lurks by turns in the garret, the stairway, the lobbies, the entrance hall. Often for months on end he is not to be seen; then he has presumably moved into other houses; but he always comes faithfully back to our house again. Many a time when you go out of the door and he happens just to be leaning directly beneath you against the banisters you feel inclined to speak to him. Of course, you put no difficult questions to him, you treat him--he is so diminutive that you cannot help it--rather like a child. "Well, what's your name?" you ask him. "Odradek," he says. "And where do you live?" "No fixed abode," he says and laughs; but it is only the kind of laughter that has no lungs behind it. It sounds rather like the rustling of fallen leaves. And that is usually the end of the conversation. Even these anwers are not always forthcoming; often he stays mute for a long time, as wooden as his appearance.
I ask myself, to no purpose, what is likely to happen to him? Can he possibly die? Anything that dies has had some kind of aim in life, some kind of activity, which has worn out; but that does not apply to Odradek. Am I to suppose, then, that he will always be rolling down the stairs, with ends of thread trailing after him, right before the feet of my children, and my children's children? He does no harm to anyone that one can see; but the idea that he is likely to survive me I find almost painful».
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Postby sid3000 » Mon Oct 21, 2013 9:54 pm

birthed back when outkast was popular and their music vids were constantly being played on tv and I needed a username for some bougie forum and I used it as my handle ever since. andre3000->sid3000. thankyou.
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Postby starfox64 » Mon Oct 21, 2013 10:47 pm

can't remember, sorry
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Postby purkinje » Mon Oct 21, 2013 11:01 pm

I needed a username for neopets and I've just kind of used it since.
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Postby sensodyne » Mon Oct 21, 2013 11:13 pm

Flossing while creating account for video games.
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Postby eli7 » Mon Oct 21, 2013 11:14 pm

my first name is hebrew 'elisheva'. sheva means promise as well as the number 7, hence eli7

i'm so dead inside
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Postby thomaspaine » Mon Oct 21, 2013 11:45 pm

My friends and I joked about starting a grindcore band called Thomas PAINe where we just screamed excerpts of Thomas Paine's writings.
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Postby iffe » Tue Oct 22, 2013 12:37 am

It's just a nickname that's somewhat based on my real name. Boring answer.
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Postby smiles » Tue Oct 22, 2013 12:44 am

Just by adding a letter to my name
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Postby Stingray Sam » Tue Oct 22, 2013 12:51 am

my online handles are usually character names from the movies Stingray Sam or American Astronaut
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Postby Syeknom » Tue Oct 22, 2013 1:41 am

I was thirteen and signing up for an online space game where I wanted to call my empire "Space Monkeys" because lol random
I ran out of ideas when filling in the various names for different bits of my empire so put "Monkeys" backwards for a thing I thought was unimportant but turned out to be the name visible to everyone. Everyone got to know me by that name so I just kept it for everything since.
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Postby deadkitty » Tue Oct 22, 2013 2:57 am

my friend's cat died
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Postby sknss » Tue Oct 22, 2013 3:50 am

i shortened it to make it sound less stupid but it didn't work
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Postby bels » Tue Oct 22, 2013 5:07 am

I name myself after composers. It's pronounced beyla.

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Postby maj » Tue Oct 22, 2013 5:10 am

i used to be good at cod on the wii (no brag but i was on the top of the ffa leaderboards) to the point where i reg get hacking messages, and at the age of 14 the idea of 'you got killed by MAJhacks' was a extremely witty play on words to rustle my opponents further. and it stuck.
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Postby bels » Tue Oct 22, 2013 5:29 am

Not true, majhax is just an abreviation of his full title:

"Major General Jonathan Maximillian 'Hacks' Dunning, Viscount Windsor"
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Postby maj » Tue Oct 22, 2013 6:31 am

i actually typed this from my yacht
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Postby freddy » Tue Oct 22, 2013 9:14 am



Need I say more?
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Postby schiaparelli » Tue Oct 22, 2013 12:52 pm

i made a reddit account just for posting to FFA/MFA/the whole fashion-discussion ecosystem over there. went through a list of intriguing fashion personalities and really liked schiaparelli (in spelling and in the story of her life). the more i use this username the greater preference i exhibit for bright pink. it's very curious.

i actually have a list of potential usernames on my hard drive since i generally don't like to reuse them (aside from stuff directly attached to my real-life/professional identity).
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Postby can- » Tue Oct 22, 2013 1:59 pm

my parents almost named me Michael with the intention to call me Mickey
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Postby bels » Tue Oct 22, 2013 2:13 pm

My father wanted me to be called Adam so people couldn't tell I was brown.
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Postby Syeknom » Tue Oct 22, 2013 2:20 pm

My parents called me Adam and nobody mistakes me for being brown except my nan who once thought I was one of those arab terrorists because i grew a beard and was standing far away wearing a big coat when she saw me for the first time in a few months
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Postby bels » Tue Oct 22, 2013 2:33 pm

See? It probably would have worked.
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