Antenna (antennapedia) wrote,

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Oh noes! user name meme!

I was afraid of this. blueanddollsome tagged me to explain where my user name came from.

The short answer is that both the Livejournal and the gmail accounts for it were available, so I nabbed it. It wasn't the first "antenna" variant I tried, but it was (oddly) the source of the antenna variations. A long time ago I played an online team FPS in which I went by the handle "antennapedia". It came to mind as a possible nom de guerre to use to keep my fanfiction writing identity separate from my real-life identity. Though many of you know my real name by now, in part because I was a little weirded out by the fandom handle concept.

Why that word, though? I love wordplay of the variety that takes words and slices them up. E.g., I once wrote a usenet post containing the following definitions:

embryoentomologist: one who studies insect pupae
ecoenology: one who studies the effect of Brian Eno on the environment
etymeschatlogy: study of the origin of the word "destiny"
egypteulogist: one who has kind words to say about Egypt
ecclesiepidemiologist: one who studies the spread of religion
endocrepistemologist: one who studies the excretion of knowledge

"Antenna" and "pedia" is such a combination, with the added advantage of being an actual word in biology for a somewhat gruesome mutation of fruitflies. (If you feel courageous, do a google image search on it.)

So, I dunno, I guess it works: it signals my wordnerdiness, and my general scimath geekiness, and it can be shortened.

I will decline to tag anybody, but if you want to, tell us all about your user name.
Tags: meme, meta

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