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Well. I was bored and playing Adventure Quest one day back when I was in high school, and I decided that my character needed a better name than just "Drew". I had been taking Latin classes, so I decided to grab a few words (vindex + rex) and mash them together. The meaning's a little bit corny: champion king. But at the time I thought it was the most awesome name in the world, and well... it stuck, and I still haven't outgrown it. I use it almost everywhere now.

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Mine came about because I had some experience in computer programming. I've always had trouble with naming characters (gurps, dnd, pathfinder, etc), and needed a way besides searchign the net. So I made my own clunky random name generator. Many clicks later, it spat out "Benbu". Used it for a halfling, who has been a thief, monk, and sorcerer. Last name Bumblefoot.

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I've used ladyphlogiston for as long as I've been on the internet - which isn't actually all that long, come to think of it. But it feels long.

"Phlogiston" was the elemental form of fire, back when they thought fire was an element. Then it got dragged out of retirement to be used for the fluid form of heat, back when they thought heat might be a fluid. Now it's just an awesome word that nobody recognizes. My family are word-nerds, and it caught my eye.

ladyphlogiston is never taken, and I use it almost everywhere. lordphlogiston is likely to be either my brother or my husband.

(Did someone mention The Far Side? I loved those growing up...my uncle had a bunch of the books in his basement :P )

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I've used ladyphlogiston for as long as I've been on the internet - which isn't actually all that long, come to think of it. But it feels long.

"Phlogiston" was the elemental form of fire, back when they thought fire was an element. Then it got dragged out of retirement to be used for the fluid form of heat, back when they thought heat might be a fluid. Now it's just an awesome word that nobody recognizes. My family are word-nerds, and it caught my eye.

ladyphlogiston is never taken, and I use it almost everywhere. lordphlogiston is likely to be either my brother or my husband.

(Did someone mention The Far Side? I loved those growing up...my uncle had a bunch of the books in his basement :P )

Those in the medical field would likely recognize your name because Rub A535 is labeled as an antiphlogistine, from the same root as your name. Those outside Canada may not recognize the name, so here's a wiki link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RUB_A535.

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I read Georgette Heyer's Regency novels a ton, and they sometimes mention a medical rub called antiphlogiston, which was presumably the precursor to Rub A535. I had no idea that the name was still used in some areas. That's really neat

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D&D coopted the word for their Spell Jammer campaign setting. Think magic ships in space with the other campaign worlds encased in crystal globes. Oh, and the phlogiston occupies the space between said globes and is extremely flammable...

Yes, I am a geek. And proud of it. :cool:

As for mine: Paladin. Was applied to Charlemagne's peers before also being coopted by first D&D and then WoW. Defined as knightly hero nowadays, word originally derived from Palatine, meaning resident of the Palatine Hill in Rome and therefore noble, etc. etc.

Why? I was the 'responsible one' of the group I used to run with, and got a bit of reputation for being all but immune to peer pressure. I got into first fantasy then history back in middle school. My first AD&D character was a Paladin. Found a good teacher by chance and picked up the sword around age 16, started my first byrnie at age 17, and had my first run-ins with LARPing by way of IFGS, NERO, and Dork Vomit er Dark Comet (A NERO offshoot that started so well and went so bad...) and finally SCA, a short while later. (I usually played an Earth Templar in NERO) I used to be first aid and CPR certified and kept it up till a decade or so ago. (Lay On Hands, minor healing spells, anyone? :innocent:) Also it's a bit ironic: the word is associated with christian heroes in the historical sense, and crusading holy warriors in fantasy, but I am an atheist who can't do any deliberate harm unless someone tries to hurt me and mine first. No, I did not give myself this name, though I have kept it. And yes, it is taken roughly 50% of the time on various forums, gameservers, etc.

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Although not my name for this site, I commonly use the name Emrys. Emrys is Merlin's Christian name. Everyone knew him as Merlin though, so when he traveled in disguise he went as a healer and used his real name. I play WoW and thought Emrys was the perfect name for my healer and I tend to use it on other forums as well.

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In my group of close friends, we generally call each other by last name. My last name is Werstler. One day, I did something that a friend thought was stupid so he decided I must be Polish, and converted my name to Werstloski. The name stuck, and over the years the "t" dropped (Wersloski), the "s" hardened into a "z" (Werzloski), then the front dropped (Zloski), and finally the back dropped (Zlosk). When I first started using the nickname online (circa 2000), there was one other Zlosk who was located in Czechoslovakia. As far as I am aware, he/she/it still exists, but our paths only cross if someone is googling one of us.

Like Skedros, I remember this thread occurring at least a couple times in the past, but a quick search of some of my nickname's evolving forms turned up nothing.

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Well, my name is Cathi, I've always been called Cat for short. And my first foray into jewelry-making was beadweaving, which I still do a lot of, so Beadiecat seemed logical. (And Cat is always already taken on every forum where I try to use it) I also like cats, I own two of them.

Cat

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Well, my name is Cathi, I've always been called Cat for short. And my first foray into jewelry-making was beadweaving, which I still do a lot of, so Beadiecat seemed logical. (And Cat is always already taken on every forum where I try to use it) I also like cats, I own two of them.

Cat

Your cats let you "think" you own them. :biggrin:

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Well, this name isn't my normal net handle, I normally use Catalyst Spark, that one came about because of my habit of being that boot in the rear to get things moving, aka the catalyst. Spark, well, I'm Cajun, we have tempers but I have a lot of control over mine, so with me one more often sees the spark than the raging fire most show when their temper flares. Another aspect of the second half of my normal name is that I tend to 'spark' ideas and concepts, in truth conceptual stages are what I excel at in projects, so that name has many aspects that suit me well.

As for the name here, well, I decided to have a little joke at my own expense. I'm a legally blind guy who does chain maille. Thus, Blind Maille. Just a little play on words and my bad sense of humor showing through.

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A lot of people assume I'm a fan of Frank or Dweezil Zappa, but really I would probably not even know their music if I heard it. I got the name Dweezle when I was in high school. In the group of kids I played D&D with at least half, including me, of us were named Matt. That did not last long before all the Matts and some of the others were assigned new names as a way to avoid confusion... so instead of Matt, Matt, Matt, Matt, Roy, Troy, and Sean, we had Skatch, Dweezle, Gasphinchto, Doodad, Mookie, Klert, and one that I don't remember because it was almost 20 years ago and didn't stick... but almost 20 years later some of my friends and an aunt still call me Dweezle or Dweez. I started using dweezle as my net handle when I got internet in the late 90's, and still use it for maille related sites; though for most sites I use my first initial and last name (mjohnston, or m-johnston). Over on the armour archive I go by "woodwose" - a medieval name for the "wildman of the woods" sort of character in european folklore which I started using after moving into a smallish log cabin in the woods, but used the name dweezle there for so long that I keep a "archiver formerly known as Dweezle" in my sig line since I was dweezle on that board since it started (and the same on arador before that).

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Pardon me saying but, Dweezle sounds like a rather endearing name, like what one would name a bratty little pet. . . .no offense meant of course but it makes me think of a cute little puppy.

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I used to play RPG for many years.

One of the games I played was Vampire the Masquerade. I really liked the many different options possible in making a Malkavian vampire. They could be really strange or only slightly unhinged or seemingly normal yet totally insane.

Also, it's a distinct word and at the same time unusual enought that it's not always taken as a username.

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selppin is nipples spelt backwards.

I never understood why nipples were such a controversial piece of skin. Men have nipples and it's ok for them to show them in most place... ex hot day they can walk around topless on the street in just shorts or go for a run through a park and it's fine. And at the beach women can have HUGE over size implanted breasts with what seems like 99% of the breast showing, and it's perfectly acceptable just as long as the nipple is covered.

I have very very white pale skin, and as such my skin doesn't tan no matter how much time I spend in the sun. For me tanned means my freckles will come out and my nipples will turn from pink to a dark brown but my skin will stay very very white. Then when I wear any top without a thick bra you can see the outline of my nipple through the top and I get nasty comments and looks. My breast and nipple is fully covered but because you can see the nipple through the shirt because there is such a dramatic colour difference between the skin it's now no longer socially acceptable.

I think that ALL nipples should have equal right in law and in social standing everywhere. It's an injustice that I'm expected to go to extra lengths to hide my nipples. As such I usually use the name selppin hiding my nipples in plain sight.

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I think its a shame that men can flaunt and women have to hide. There are a lot of men I wish would cover up. Here in Ontario, we women have the right to go topless, but very few actually do.

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When I was 14 a cousin asked my grandma if I could ride with them in thier vehicle. He was an excitable 8 year old and we were going to watch a movie so it came out "can Harvey heckle?" It stuck with me as a family name and i use it online for almost everything.

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My handle name used to be 3 different ones but divorce changes things. This handle is actually Mimi C. It was a joke my nephew would say to me. Mimi see this, Mimi see that. The irony of it is that C is actually the first letter in my middle name so I chose mimic. Funny is that a friend saw that my email had mimicmarshall and thought it was "mimic" marshall. I thought it to be funny and since I am the last child in my family I guess you could say I mimic the marshalls. So I kept the name.

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For me I was a gigantic Elvis fan when i was younger (still am but not as harcore) and my mother just stuck the nickname Hounddog to me because of the song. The 333 is because 3 is my favorite and lucky number so three 3s seemed appropriate.

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My handle is a really old one, I used to make vinyl bondage cuffs and sell them under that name. It's from the title of a favourite porn story, is part of a flower and represents the c**t :)

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Mine originally came from the Eagle Talon car I used to drive, way back in the late 80's (or was it the early 90s?)  and I've used it ever since, though I usually have to be creative with numbers because Talon is always popular......most times I try for 420 or 420024 as an ending for the obvious reason that I smoke weed.

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