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#332607 - 05/31/10 02:50 AM Re: The meanings of our "pen names" [Re: nevragan]
catfish86 Offline

Registered: 10/27/09
Posts: 832
Loc: Ohio
My own was a nickname I picked up while at probably the lowest time in my life, 7th & 8th grade. The nickname was brought up by a freckled, round face with brown hair which bore a resemblance to Catfish Hunter. It stuck because, for whatever reason, my sweat stinks badly and my mother didn't have the money to buy new shirts as often as necessary, I hated taking baths (I now know why, it wasn't a safe time when I was younger) and didn't use deodorant. I smelled like a catfish. Everybody hated me, I was worthless to them and was humiliated often. The nickname symbolized how worthless I truly felt. 86 stands for 1986. Although it was the year I graduated high school, it was also the year I accepted Christ and was born again. I found a new group of friends who didn't like me because I was crazy and funny to get drunk, that they could use me and had a knack for "obtaining things". They really like me for me. It was a group of sincere christians who realy didn't care about the things that I had done, Christ forgives and they allowed me to be a whole new me. It was the first steps in learning to connect with people and trust others. Truly, before 1986, I sincerely would rather not be alive. So for me, I truly was born into a new world. That ugly duckling finally was seen for who he is, not what was done to him.

Edited by catfish86 (05/31/10 02:53 AM)
God grant me
The Serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
The Courage to change the things I can,
And the Wisdom to know the difference.

#332608 - 05/31/10 02:57 AM Re: The meanings of our "pen names" [Re: nevragan]
caesar14 Offline

Registered: 04/13/10
Posts: 70
Loc: Patterson, North Carolina
I really am glad you reopened this thread Pattycakes.

My name, "caesar" is also my cats name. 14 is my number in life. I named my cat that because he is like an emporor, assertive and territorial. I would like to say I am also assertive, but I can definitely say I am territorial. lol
Anyway, it makes me laugh when people here say "hail caesar". Makes me feel good. wink Its nice to have a little fun here once in a while, as so much we discuss is so serious. Thanks again Pattycakes. And if I had a vote, I would say "Charlie".


"The innocence you spoiled has found a way to live"
Things I have to say (triggers)

#332612 - 05/31/10 04:44 AM Re: The meanings of our "pen names" [Re: caesar14]
Kiev Offline

Registered: 05/25/10
Posts: 24
Loc: Georgia, USA, Ukraine
Kiev is for Kiev, Ukraine. My birth place. Only it was part of the Soviet Union back then.

#332618 - 05/31/10 05:47 AM Re: The meanings of our "pen names" [Re: Kiev]
nicked Offline

Registered: 10/13/09
Posts: 2
Loc: Ohio
I chose "nicked" to be a little more creative with my "nick-name."

Something that is "nicked" is a little beat-up and damaged, but still mostly good, and not completely broken.

I also like the connection to British slang where "nicked" is "stolen" since I definitely had things stolen from me.

I don't mind if you guys shorten it back down to Nick in chat.

My avatar is a "liger" a cross between a lion and a tiger- not clearly one thing or another, but sort of in-between. That sort of describes me. I also liked that they were both fierce animals- not the sort anyone would want to mess with.


#332626 - 05/31/10 11:45 AM Re: The meanings of our "pen names" [Re: nicked]
Obi Offline

Registered: 12/28/09
Posts: 1634
Loc: kansas
mine, i would think, is fairly simple... obi, short for obiwan kenobi of the star wars movies...

live another day. climb a little higher.

my story

my vlog

#332627 - 05/31/10 12:17 PM Re: The meanings of our "pen names" [Re: Obi]
Pattycakes Offline

Registered: 05/23/10
Posts: 109
Loc: Canada
ha! Another StarWars fan!
Celebration V is in Orlando in August.
I'm going!


If you judge people, you have no time to love them.-Mother Theresa

#332628 - 05/31/10 12:22 PM Re: The meanings of our "pen names" [Re: nevragan]
kolisha54 Offline

Registered: 12/02/03
Posts: 475
Loc: Brooklyn, NY
It means "voice of a woman" + 3 x "life" in Hebrew...

: )

If I am not for myself, who will be for me? If I am only for myself, what am I? If not now... when? --Hillel

#332650 - 05/31/10 06:39 PM Re: The meanings of our "pen names" [Re: kolisha54]
petercorbett Offline

Registered: 07/27/08
Posts: 2509
Hi, my fraternal brothers.

Well, I use my real name plus i add my nickname (Irishmoose) from my 23 years in the Air Force.
My Irishmoose nickname that i had picked up in the Air Force was because my nose was broken as a baby, plus my ears kinda stick out, and someone thought that i looked like a moose, and being that i'm of Irish decent i just put the two together. As the old saying goes and the rest is history.

Heal well my brothers, heal well.


The reason i use my right name is because, my abusers had already taken my body, my innocense, my being, my heart & soul.

So, the only thing that i had left was my name. and i proudly use it.

Working Boys' Home 10-14 yrs old, grades 5-8. 1949-1953
A very humble alumni of the WOR Dahlonega, GA.
May 15-17 2009, Alta, Sep. 2009. Sequoia, 2010.
Hope Springs, 2010.

#333148 - 06/07/10 02:25 AM Re: The meanings of our "pen names" [Re: nevragan]
alan55 Offline

Registered: 08/19/09
Posts: 202
Loc: Seattle, WA
Mine is my actual first name and the age I first told someone of my CSA. I'm 56 now...

#333154 - 06/07/10 03:21 AM Re: The meanings of our "pen names" [Re: alan55]
pufferfish Offline

Registered: 02/26/08
Posts: 6875
Loc: USA
"pufferfish" is just a very interesting fish. I enjoy having a few fish in a tank but I don't have a "pufferfish". I used to have a list of potential online names and passwords for when I go into a website. When I came to MS a few years ago, the next name up was "pufferfish" so how about that?

pufferfish whistle


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