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Walrus at 2:58PM, April 25, 2009
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I just chose this user name because I like Walruses. And for the record, my name isn't Ben Robinson, it's a pen name. I'll never reveal my true identity, I'm too paranoid.

What made you pick Ben Robinson as a pen name?

I don't know, because Ben isn't a very popular name. I got Robinson from the first African American major league baseball player, Jackie Robinson.
 
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lba at 4:16PM, April 25, 2009
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wait, there's two of you?…or more?
S'far as I've able to tell, that's just a weird being weird thing. I think the guy is just referring to himself in the plural. We have a couple people who poke their head in around here who do it. I haven't figured out why yet.
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Product Placement at 4:21PM, April 25, 2009
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wait, there's two of you?…or more?
S'far as I've able to tell, that's just a weird being weird thing. I think the guy is just referring to himself in the plural. We have a couple people who poke their head in around here who do it. I haven't figured out why yet.
Actually, if you bother to look up the profile you'll find out that those are twins sharing an account.
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PIT_FACE at 4:24PM, April 25, 2009
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lba
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wait, there's two of you?…or more?
S'far as I've able to tell, that's just a weird being weird thing. I think the guy is just referring to himself in the plural. We have a couple people who poke their head in around here who do it. I haven't figured out why yet.
Actually, if you bother to look up the profile you'll find out that those are twins sharing an account.

guess next time i'll bother then.

just thought this person was kinda new…ehr…people….
maby they had somethin interesting to say about it.
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lba at 4:36PM, April 25, 2009
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Actually, if you bother to look up the profile you'll find out that those are twins sharing an account.

I missed that. Then again, a couple of the other people on DD I've seen who refer to themselves in the plural, and are one person, have that they're more than one person on the profile page, so I probably did see it and just thought it was the same thing going on.
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Flabuyant_Pencil at 5:14PM, April 25, 2009
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Well, my old web persona was “That Person”, which I kept for two years. You would not believe how many time's I heard “Oh look it's that person!” “You mean that person?” "No! THAT person!!1“, which needless to say got old fast.

So, I decided to go with one of my ideas I had for a band name (Not that I have one. Just one of those ”I wish“ kind of things. I'm interested in starting one if and when I learn an instrument, though), which I kept because I liked it, but didn't seem very band like. So, I'm now ”Flamboyant Pencil“.

My screen name here is ”FlambUyant“ because apparently ”Boy“ is inappropriate? However, ”Girl" is not. Subtle sexism? I think yes. :|
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sagittarius at 6:30PM, April 25, 2009
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wait, there's two of you?…or more?
Only two, identical twins to be exact. :D
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LIZARD_B1TE at 6:31PM, April 25, 2009
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My lizard bit me on my middle finger once.

It left a neat looking scar.

Thus, my internet alias was born.
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bravo1102 at 4:17PM, April 26, 2009
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No Scandinavian would pronounce Einar like “eye-nar”. Written down, that pronunciation would spell “Ænar”. Einar is a strong warriors name (“one who fights alone”/“an army of one” type of stuff) and thus it's pretty popular to be given to boys in Scandinavia. The Norwegian/Swedish/Danish pronunciations are similar to the Icelandic one. It's always English speakers who end up saying my name like that however it's relatively close to my name so I accept it when I'm addressed in that way. I'm assuming that most others who share my name have done the same which is why you've end up hearing that it's spoken like that.


Hmmm, probably why the same person is called Ainar in some works. As for only knowing how Old Norse was written not prounounced: don't tell J.R.R. Tolkien that it was one of the languages he could speak fluently (not just write) and had conversations in it with his fellow academes.

Yeah I hate how every name is translated into English by English speakers. Katerin, Istevan, Pyotr, Carol yet French names are kept the same. Catherine, Etienne, Pierre, Charles… Annoying. Damn Normans adding all that French to a wonderful Germanic language. (Old English or Anglo-Saxon another language Tolkien could speak fluently…) lol!

My sister-in-law always calls me Etienne.

Back on track: I have another screen name which is Sgtgroucho. When in leadership school on the first day another sergeant said I reminded him of someone. Fifth day there, we're all in camouflage facepaint, he comes up to me and yells: “Groucho! Groucho Marx! That's who you remind me of!”

I'm so used to typing bravo1102 that I forget to use the other name. This way from all the boards I'm on as Bravo1102 people can find me. No one's bothered to look. lol!
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Product Placement at 6:47PM, April 26, 2009
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Don't tell J.R.R. Tolkien that it was one of the languages he could speak fluently (not just write) and had conversations in it with his fellow academes.
Well, no offense to Mr. Tolkien but that's like saying that you speak Latin fluently.

You can “speak” it, but you're essentially guessing how it sounds like. If I pick up a Faroese book and try to read it, I'd think it was Icelandic with grammar and spelling errors. When I hear a Faroese speak, it's totally different.

I'm actually reminded of the movie Stargate now. Daniel Jackson was like an expert in the old Egyptian language but when the went to a planet that actually spoke it, he couldn't understand a word of what they were saying until he learned their pronunciation.
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Jonko at 9:46PM, April 26, 2009
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My username was my nickname since I was in 7th grade. I had John Lennon glasses and everyone called me John so I got mad and made them call me “Jonko” instead.

It's kinda been my second name ever since. Most of the guys that I knew in High School don't know that my actual name is Erika…
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bravo1102 at 7:34AM, April 27, 2009
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Because of the Catholic Church having it's liturgy in Latin, Latin pronounciation has remained steady since the Early Middle Ages. Since Latin was spoken by scholars but not as an everyday language for 2000 years, pronounciation has also remained constant. Any language where direct anceators are still spoken the pronounciation can be figured out over time. It's like Parisan French versus Quebecois. You'd be speaking the formal version of the language not the colloquial version.
Ancient Egyptian had been dead for a few millenia years before he tried to speak it. He was speaking a dialect based on modern Egyptian which has been contaminated with Arabic.
You couldn't pronounce Etruscan, Cretan Greek or Sumerian. However, an extensive grounding in Semetic languages would give a very close approximation for the last language.

It's like I said about names in other languages being translated into the pronounciation of another language. There is also no accounting for dialect. Try listening to the pronounciation of a native of Massachusetts, Virginia and Michigan. Very different but all the same, so you can find out a language's pronounciation of at least one dialect. For different languages try Portugese and Spanish and Italian (Russian, Beyelorus and Ukrainian). Completely different but mutally understandable with a good ear. It also helps that all three use the same alphabet.

It could also be developing an ear for languages. Listening for the similarities, picking up on them and learning it. Tolkien could do that. He probably would have surprised you.
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i was born a unicorn at 11:57AM, April 27, 2009
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meh.
i use my first name for everything,
so i decided to use a lyric from
one of my favourite songs.
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therealtj at 5:00PM, April 27, 2009
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Although it's not my real name, most of my friends and family actually call me TJ, and since that is to short to register, and it probably would've already been registered by a fake TJ if it was, I just added “The Real” on it. So I suppose it's kind of both.

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Product Placement at 5:29PM, April 27, 2009
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…It could also be developing an ear for languages. Listening for the similarities, picking up on them and learning it. Tolkien could do that. He probably would have surprised you.
I've always wished I could have met him. I've would have liked to talk to him about the Sagas since he was an expert on that subject. He took allot from those stories when he created the Lord of the Rings.

It's funny you mentioned the Massachusetts accent. I go there allot and know that accent well. I'm always making fun of the Boston accent.

I suppose since we have so many Scandinavian languages to study and since I mentioned that Icelandic has been practically unchanged for over 1000 years it's properly not too hard to assume how Old Norse may have sounded like.

Well I'm gonna drop this now since we're derailing the topic a bit.
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Monstro at 12:13PM, April 28, 2009
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I'm use my nickname for personas, pennames, and usernames. seems easier and I dislike my real name. on the other comic forum i frequent I'm Monster… but sadly here it was taken.
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RedNoseDog at 5:30PM, April 28, 2009
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I've had about 10-12 different usernames since I started going on the internets. Most of them were names from favorite shows or my characters when I was younger. I recently started using RedNoseDog because I wanted something I could stick with and not sound lame. The idea came from an old sketch on a folder with a dog with rudolph's red nose.
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Jason Rivera at 7:38PM, April 28, 2009
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Well since evreyone else shared their old names I might aswell say mine. It was guerilla mosh… I have no idea what it used to mean, but there it is.
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Mister Kent at 9:06PM, April 28, 2009
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“Mister Kent” is my real first name and the name of my autobiographical character when I was a little kid - my brothers and I all made characters of ourselves when we were little, using our real names and exaggerated versions of our personalities: Mr. Thor, Cheif Leif, and Mr. Kent.
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Pineapple at 3:18AM, April 30, 2009
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I would never use my real name on the net. I'm studying to be a Primary School teacher,and if there's a job where things come back to bit you in the bum, it's teaching.
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Product Placement at 3:55AM, April 30, 2009
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I would never use my real name on the net. I'm studying to be a Primary School teacher,and if there's a job where things come back to bit you in the bum, it's teaching.
I wouldn't worry to much unless you were moonlighting in pornography.
Those were my two cents.
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Pineapple at 4:00AM, April 30, 2009
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I would never use my real name on the net. I'm studying to be a Primary School teacher,and if there's a job where things come back to bit you in the bum, it's teaching.
I wouldn't worry to much unless you were moonlighting in pornography.
I wish
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Kristen Gudsnuk at 2:51PM, May 1, 2009
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I am too uncreative to come up with a fake name (I usually go for kristeng or krist3ng whenever I don't wanna use my real name) and also, I want to be the #1 result when you type Gudsnuk! Alas, I'm not right now (Damn Tom Gudsnuk, some second cousin of mine!! Why must you be on the internets??)

Anyway, I used to be on this poetry site (uh oh… hideous whininess) and I was like, “well I wanna be famous!” so I figured I should get my name out there, everywhere. I quickly realized the downside to this, as I wasn't able to put up things that I'd be embarrassed of if my friends and family saw.

And I still wanna be famous! and so as long as a few random people know my name, mission accomplished. Plus it often keeps me from saying what I really think and hurting people's feelings. so, win-win. I guess.

EDIT: hey I am #1 for Gudsnuk! yay. although really… there are only like 30 Gudsnuks out there. And many of them are very, very old people.
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KillerBob at 9:03AM, May 6, 2009
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I'm Bob and I'm a Killer. A killer of norm!………..and also people.
My name is Bob and I kill things. Things like: moments, moods, norms, rules, and people.
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Kristen Gudsnuk at 10:05AM, May 6, 2009
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I got Robinson from the first African American major league baseball player, Jackie Robinson.

I freakin' love Jackie Robinson!! I saw a TV special on him; it was very moving. He got MVP in his rookie year and won the .. national… cup? for the dodgers!! *heart*

Also Roberto Clemente's tragic death always makes me very sad. old timey baseball players were so much cooler than today's steroid-robots!
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Croi Dhubh at 6:54PM, May 6, 2009
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Well, for me, if I ever decided to publish my actual written works, it'd be a toss up between my user name here or my real name (it's on my comics and looks like a pen name anyway).


The story behind the name isn't all that interesting, I'm afraid. As stated by many people I know, I'm pretty cold and have a dark sense of humor. I decided to look up the translation to “Mornie utúlië” and “Mornie alantië”, which lead me to a Gaelic translation site, even though it's “elvish”. (STFU)

Anyway, I decided to look up one of my older nicknames, “Blackhead” (nothing to do with acne and is a story in of itself). Well, I didn't like the translation (Creann Dhubh) so I looked up “Blackheart” and found “An croi dhubh”, which means “Of the black heart”.

Well, that fit me a lot better, so I dropped the An because I figured people would assume I was female and that would be annoying as hell. It happens sometimes with my gaming username before I speak.

It's pronounced Kree Guh Vah, not fucking Krroy Dub-ha, damn it
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json at 11:08PM, May 6, 2009
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well….i'm json. i've used this spelling of my name for 18 years now. it's like an artistic “pen name” altered spelling of my real name.

my online persona is that of my own drunken self…..whether it is on these boards or over at http://www.hisstank.com/forum/ talking about G.I.Joes. i don't feel the need to take on any other personality or false sense of self. what you read is pretty damned close to what would be spilling out of my mouth….
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Redemption at 4:33AM, May 7, 2009
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Only two, identical twins to be exact. :D
Huh. I'm a twin, too. I never thought about sharing an account, though. Interesting.

My generic username is the title of my first comic. I regret that quite a bit now.
I prefer to keep my comics separate from my real life so I prefer not to use my full name. I get funny looks and comments from the people I know when I talk about comics and comicking.

(shrug) My online persona is my usual self, as far as I can tell. Perhaps a little more restrained.


Croi Dhubh
Well, for me, if I ever decided to publish my actual written works, it'd be a toss up between my user name here or my real name (it's on my comics and looks like a pen name anyway).
You wouldn't want to use both? ‘Title by Crio Dhubh/Joe Real Name’

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Croi Dhubh at 9:36AM, May 7, 2009
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I would on the Internet to confuse people, but not on actual publications. It would be way too annoying for people writing on message boards about the “two people who wrote xxxx”. Also, it would be a pain in the ass for people who would want to do interviews asking how to get a hold of “Croi Dhubh”.
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Net at 9:50AM, May 7, 2009
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Honestly, I've used Netpoet since literally about 1993 on the internet. Once I got into webcomics about 5,6 years ago, I dropped the -poet and have been running around as Net since then, at least with the vast majority of my online dealings.

Most of my friends are online, and for the most part, we know each other all via various forums and the like. I know everyone's real names that I consider on a friend or higher level… but I still call them by their personna names when in chat, email or what have you.

My real name's always attached to anything I do, of course… gotta protect that copyright and all that. But honestly, I think if someone came up to me just on the street and said “Hey Net,” I think I'd probably respond in kind.

As for the naga avatar… that's a LONGER story for another time. :P

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