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I was just thinking how much I love some of the names on this board. I especially like the literary references behind the names Clarissa and Babette Feasts; wish I’d thought of something so clever!

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  1. Thanks! It is one of my favorite movies and if I won the lottery, chances are I would blow the wad on delicacies, just like Babette. Also, when I worked in a French retaurant, some of us jokingly chose French names, and since I couldn't think of a Frenchified variation of my own name, I went with Babette. Or femme du patisserie, or there was the line cook who called me Private Pate a Choux. Gotta keep yourself entertained!

    1. MAybe Wanda Fuca is just busy. There is a lot of that going around. I find G.M. Ford a pretty amusing name too.

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      1. re: Candy

        Nah. She (I'm assuming) asked to be removed from the rolls.

        If you think the name is funny, his hero has a bunch of alcoholic derelicts as his "team." They can go anywhere and see everything because who notices a drunk in a doorway?

        1. re: yayadave

          I've really enjoyed those books too. Maybe G.M. Ford is the real G.M. Ford? Although his books don't talk about food the way other mystery writers have (i.e. Donna Leon, Robert Parker, etc.)

        2. re: Candy

          Wanda Fuca is a play on the name Strait of Juan de Fuca, which is an important waterway here in the Pacific Northwest. Wish I had thought of it!

          1. re: Seattle Rose

            I was watching PBS yesterday about the "Wave that Shook the World" and they mentioned the Srait of Juan de Fuca and my mind immediately turned it to Wanda Fuca. It made me laugh so hard for some odd reason (maybe because I was dosed on cold meds).

            1. re: Seattle Rose

              I had that name 30 years ago as my pen name for my drawings in the original (Seattle)Weekly.

          2. I like "Alimentary My Dear Watson."

            And not that mine is particularly clever, since my name is Patty, but it also references a beach in India that is particularly known for its street snacks, so I liked the double meaning.

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            1. re: Chowpatty

              Someone who is a Firesign Theatre fan, no doubt.

              1. re: Chowpatty

                AMDW is probably my favorite handle here. kudos to you, whomever you are!

                1. re: rameniac

                  Okay....THAT one needs to be translated for me!

                  1. re: ChowFun_derek

                    Glad you said that so I didn't have to.

                    1. re: yayadave

                      Alimentary My Dear Watson, from 4 posts up.

                      1. re: yayadave

                        hehe sorry... been spending far too much time on chat programs and um, online video games, where everything is acronymized!

                        1. re: yayadave

                          Dave and Derek, I spend more time on the net that I will admit, but I had to look that up as well.

                          'net slang dictionary. http://www.gaarde.org/acronyms/?lookup=L

                      2. re: rameniac

                        Not to be confused with AMDG...

                    2. Carb Lover-- a classic, and unabashedly proud

                      feelinpeckish--something my Mom would say about 4 p.m. as she fixed a cuppa

                      notmartha--another classic

                      procrastibaker--it just rolls off the tongue

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                      1. re: toodie jane

                        Yeah, I was going to say Carb Lover too- I came on the Home Cooking board when the low carb diet was at its peak, and I was so tired of low carb everything- I was so excited to find another 'carb lover'!! I like procrastibaker too- wish I would have thought of that one!

                        1. re: Katie Nell

                          Thanks, guys. My handle isn't really that clever but perfectly describes me. I can't go a whole day (sometimes a meal) w/o some sort of substantial carbs, otherwise I have serious withdrawal and will eat twice the amount of carbs the next day! I'm trying to be better about getting more complex carbs, but it's the "bad for you" simple carbs that I truly love...

                          The beauty of my handle is if you mistype and interchange the two middle letters, then Crab Lover also describes me perfectly!

                          1. re: cooknKate

                            I bake professionally, but I wish i would have thought of the name Flourchild.

                            (I have no imagination :-( )

                        2. From the L.A. boards, I like the chowhound name Ipse Dixit (latin, for a self-made assertion). Sounds like an unknown TeleTubbie...

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                          1. re: silence9

                            "Sounds like an unknown TeleTubbie..."


                            I'll take that as a compliment ...


                          2. A new one I just noticed- "thinks too much"- it describes me to a T, wish I would have thought of that one too!

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                            1. re: Katie Nell

                              hey, thanks *blush*
                              Every guy I have ever been with has said it to me.

                            2. I like babar ganesh the best, as I have repeatedly said.

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                              1. re: prunefeet

                                A great one, indeed (he trumpeted).

                                1. re: clim212

                                  Thanks! So do I! Lol. It's from a Grimm's fairy tale.

                                2. can't talk... eating

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                                  1. re: Aromatherapy

                                    I never even saw these two, hilarious!

                                    1. re: prunefeet

                                      Love ipsofatso too. And I have to give props to barefootandpregnant cause it always gives me a little pause then I "get it" (or I think I do - maybe you are barefoot, and pregnant, AND in the kitchen, and there's nothing wrong with that!)

                                    2. re: Aromatherapy

                                      I like ipsofatso as well. Also, catspercapita, though not particularly literary or food-related, cracks me up. Love to hear the story behind that one.

                                      Niblet is great because of the "Wayne's World" reference. Perhaps "Wayne's World" is not quite so literary, but it is beloved by more people than, say, John Donne.

                                      PhoShizzle, just disovered that one below. Classic.

                                    3. Wanda Fuca is one of my favourites.

                                      Being a huge Simpson's fan, Super Nintendo Chalmers cracks me up every time I see it. As I am right now.


                                      1. Personal favorites, mainly Boston board habitues, include:

                                        BarmyFotheringayPhipps -- not too many Wodehouse allusions in these parts.

                                        tatamagouche -- just because it sounds great.

                                        Genericusername -- the inimitable.

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                                          1. re: Aromatherapy

                                            Upon my Sam, you're right! Two is still "not too many" though, right?

                                            1. re: MC Slim JB

                                              Never! Speaking of great comic creations, widmerpool has joined the party.

                                          1. Must doff my cap to rworange's succinct homage.

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                                            1. re: finlero

                                              Must have been really great. It disappeared.

                                              1. re: yayadave

                                                Swap apple for orange. Can't believe I never got the joke before!

                                                1. re: Aromatherapy

                                                  I still don't get it.
                                                  Can someone enlighten me??


                                                  1. re: Davwud

                                                    R.W. Apple is the famous New York Times reporter and editor. He was at least as good at finding and reporting on great chow as he was at analyzing politics. He died this past October.


                                                    1. re: finlero

                                                      I always thought rworange was short for "rhymes with orange." But then I don't recall having read RW Apple's stuff.


                                                      1. re: Ed Dibble

                                                        RW was widely known as Johnny. RW Appleseed would be another nice tribute.

                                                        1. re: Ed Dibble

                                                          Even if I never post again, I want to clear this up.

                                                          You are right ... I chose it because I saw an M & M comericial which said 'nothing rhymes with orange'.

                                                          Well, 'rworange' ... roar-ange does ... Rhymes With orange"

                                                          I didn't know about R.W. Apple until after I chose my handle. When I read some of his writing, I was humiliated. My apologies to anyone who might have conected this as a homage to that great writer. I recieved a number of emails from people after his death thinking I was a big fan.

                                                          Yes, I was ... but only after the fact.

                                                          1. re: rworange

                                                            Before you added thaat orange, I thought you were R Worange from Kenya or Tanzania.

                                                2. wowimadog
                                                  Das Ubergeek
                                                  Torta Basilica

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                                                  1. re: free sample addict aka Tracy L

                                                    Why, thank you - I like your's too! And I love Christmas, as it's the only time I can find torta basilica cheese here in Orange County, Calif. I like 'Semmel,' even though I think we totally disagreed on something ages ago. And das Übergeek is a classic.

                                                    1. re: free sample addict aka Tracy L

                                                      *blush* Why thanks! I like yours too -- I think of you every time I go to Trader Joe's. :)

                                                      1. re: Das Ubergeek

                                                        Actually, their torta is not as good & very different from the real stuff from Peck's in Milan - it has many layers of a harder but mild white cheese, mascarpone, pesto & pine nuts... yumm!!! Totally decdent, but delicious. There's a local brand I find in Gelson's the holidays & the Beverly Hills Cheese Shop carries it year-round.

                                                        1. re: torta basilica

                                                          Oh, I don't actually go for the torta basilica, I was thinking of the free samples at Trader Joe's :) I make my own torta basilica.

                                                          1. re: Das Ubergeek

                                                            Funny, thought I was replying to free sample addict, but this is even better - what's your recipe? I'll check on Home Cooking if you let me know you're posting it....

                                                    2. I feel SO unimaginative - my handle is my dog's name! Her handle on the Board is "Missus, of Devil Chow and His Missus". Well she is demanding food wise - like "is it fresh" (broiled or baked or boiled chicken on kibble) and "is it Fiji" when she slops her water bowls (all eight of them around the house). Her consort Rufus whose handle is Devil Chow just assumes that everything he eats and drinks is A1 and then goes back to sleep (he is almost 12).

                                                      1. Skillet Licker seems like a good one to me...

                                                        1. Don't think he ever posted on CH but know a guy who used Harry Covert as an online nick...

                                                          1. Pastafazol in a great handle.
                                                            BTW- FAL, is Foodie at Large

                                                            1. I saw on one of the boards (I think it's this one), Sal Manilla (sp?).. too cute.

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                                                              1. "Cognomina" is the Latin plural of "cognomen," meaning "the name known by" in ancient Roman times. It is also rarely used in modern day as a synonym for nickname.


                                                                "Non Cognomina" is not the name that I'm known by, but it is my nickname, which makes a lovely literary play on word and definition. I grin every time I type it.

                                                                1. Unfortunately not on this board, but on another one there's a poster with the handle "Squeat Mungry." It's Brooklynese for "Let's go eat, I'm hungry."

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                                                                  1. re: Gary Soup

                                                                    As I read that aloud, I thought, "Why did he have to transl... oh."

                                                                      1. re: Gary Soup

                                                                        Hey, Gary, thanks for the shout! Long time no see.

                                                                        Let's go eat, sometime!


                                                                        1. re: Gary Soup

                                                                          That is absolutley fantastic.

                                                                          And don't you mean, "Squeat sometime!"

                                                                        2. Pho Shizzle gets move vote. On top of the fact that few people would pronounce my handle correctly.

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                                                                          1. re: SauceSupreme

                                                                            I always think Sose sooprem -- the French pronunciation. But I am obviously another Frenchie

                                                                          2. I've only been on the board since yesterday, but the abnormal amount of time I have already spent reading through the posts, here are some of my favorites:

                                                                            Torta Basilica

                                                                            ... and I know there are others, but I am at Starbuck's now and don't want my FF SF hazelnut latte to get cold.


                                                                            Patrick C=:-)
                                                                            ~Just your Basic Food Groupie

                                                                            1. As a Heathers fan- I loved the Marthadumptruck handle.

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                                                                                  1. I forgot about Fresser - speaking some German, I love that handle!

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                                                                                      1. re: torta basilica

                                                                                        What does it mean? I mean Fresser, not Chew Chew!

                                                                                        1. re: prunefeet

                                                                                          Native German speakers, feel free to jump in, but if I recall correctly, 'Essen' is 'Eating' for people & 'Fressen' is eating for animals, & also used as slang for eating alot or pigging out, so 'Fresser' is a hearty eater.

                                                                                          1. re: torta basilica

                                                                                            Fressen has the connotation of "devouring" or "gluttonous eating". But yes, that is correct. In fact, a more correct translation perhaps is that fressen is eating, while essen is dining.

                                                                                            1. re: SauceSupreme

                                                                                              Thanks both of you. I guess that makes me a Fresser for sure.

                                                                                            2. re: torta basilica

                                                                                              That must be why my brother living in Germany is always telling me that he is going on an Essenfest! It makes sense now.

                                                                                              1. re: torta basilica

                                                                                                The handle would be more Yiddish than German and it would refer to someone who eats like an animal, ie pigs out.
                                                                                                Speaking of pigs, I see someone is using the handle Chazzer. Cute.

                                                                                          2. I love PhoShizzle (hilarious) and Houndgirl, also babette feasts.

                                                                                            oh, and how couldI forget procrastibaker! that is so clever and catchy.

                                                                                            1. I just saw "pleasedonttakemetobucadibepo" on the Los Angeles Area Message Board! To me, this pretty much screams the 'Hound spirit!

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                                                                                              1. Texas Toast, aka TT, for some reason it stands out to me.
                                                                                                Gary Soup
                                                                                                Robert Lauriston, and anyone who uses their real(?) name. it's appealingly honest. i don't,though.

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                                                                                                1. re: fara

                                                                                                  If we're talking about real names, I have to put a shout out to Jen Kalb. I look forward to her food advice as much as Jim Leff's. I find myself cyberstalking her on chowhound, wondering what her story is -- she has such a passion for food. Jen, don't worry if you're reading this, I'm just a dorky gal from Brooklyn in awe of your culinary prowess.

                                                                                                2. I like Ed Dibble, although I have to confess it took me a while to "get it." But I am also the same person who walked by a kosher chinese restaurant named "Cho-Sen Garden" for about three years before I got that one too! Sometimes I think I should change my name to "DUH."

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                                                                                                  1. re: mshpook

                                                                                                    Thanks, but there are so many interesting and creative names. I've just noticed Sandy Eggo, for example. Another one that I used to love was 2chezMike. But virtually every good discussion on these boards will include several good names.


                                                                                                  2. "Thegolferbitch" is my personal favorite. I just love that.

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                                                                                                    1. re: Harp00n

                                                                                                      Really? That connotes all the wrong things, IMO.

                                                                                                      1. re: Alcachofa

                                                                                                        Yes really, it connotates a self-assured, avocated woman who isn't afraid of a little self-parody, IMNSHO :-)

                                                                                                    2. Though not handles, my two ..flabby.. cats had somewhat chowhoundish names - "Butters" and "I Can't Believe It's Not Butters". The latter was shortened down to 'Butters' as well, because I figure, there aren't too many situations where I need to call one cat over and not the other.

                                                                                                      And let's be honest, cats don't respond to anything anyway.


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                                                                                                      1. re: Prav

                                                                                                        oh they do. my cat, and every cat we've ever had, responds to "ssspbsss - ssspbss." My cat's name was Hector, but eventually we figured out that he should be called "bis bis" which is Arabic for cat and where I think that call originated.

                                                                                                        1. re: Prav

                                                                                                          if you ever get a third cat, you have to name it "I Can't Believe It's Not Butters... Spray!" and call it in a thick Fabio-esque accent.

                                                                                                          1. re: Prav

                                                                                                            Devil Chow (and his Missus) recently went to their boarding kennel at LAX and met a Golden Retriever named Butter; DC told him that he (DC) wanted to be in a "Butter-free zone" and to 'butter-out'.

                                                                                                          2. At Zingerman's in Ann Arbor, the menu categories are (if I remember correctly) noshes, for smaller plates, and fressers, for larger plates. (This was supposed to post as a reply to prunefoot above, but didn't, arghhh).

                                                                                                            1. Al Bondigas is certainly amusing (Spanish for meatballs)

                                                                                                              1. I just noticed a "Ms DiPesto" posting in the white bread thread. The name gave me a chuckle as it reminded me of the wacky, longwinded receptionist on that 80's sitcom, "Moonlighting"

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                                                                                                                1. re: vsoy

                                                                                                                  I loved that one, too! That actress now does the voice over for the Disney Channel and she'll always be Miss DiPesto to me. With her boyfriend, Booger.

                                                                                                                2. So, I'm debating changing my handle to womanchego. Should I? I do really like manchego. womanchego? woManchego? Womanchego?

                                                                                                                  I don't know if handles can be changed, though, or if I can do it and keep the same profile history I've had as Seattledebs.

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                                                                                                                  1. re: seattledebs

                                                                                                                    You can't change your name and keep your posting history. If you'd still like to change your name, send an email to moderators@chowhound.com and we'll walk you through it.

                                                                                                                  2. I would like to nominate Vinnie Vidimangi. clever.

                                                                                                                    He came , He saw, He ate.


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                                                                                                                    1. re: HarryLloyd

                                                                                                                      He's on the T-dot board fairly regularly and I'm guessing most don't even catch this one.

                                                                                                                      Quite impressed!


                                                                                                                      1. I have to cast my vote for one I just found today: Bob Dobolina, as in Mistadobolina by Del the Funky Homosapien. Unless of course, this poster is actually the real M. Dobolina, in which case, I'm not trying to sass anybody ;)

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                                                                                                                        1. re: tomato

                                                                                                                          I laugh everytime I read Bob Dobalina's handle. I was once joke-paged at an airport under the name of "Mr. Dobalina, Mr. Bob Dobalina", despite the fact that I'm female and in today's post 9-11 world you probably can't joke page anyone under penalty of deportation. Ah, good times.

                                                                                                                          1. re: yumyum

                                                                                                                            They don’t deport anymore, they just “disappear” you.

                                                                                                                          2. re: tomato

                                                                                                                            Nice to see some old school rap fans on board. Mistadobalina was one my favorites. My brother and I always joked that if I had to change my name, I'd change it to Robert Dobalina.

                                                                                                                            1. re: SauceSupreme

                                                                                                                              Hate to burst your bubble, but the whole Mr. Dobalina Mr. Bob Dobalina thing originated in a MONKEES song!!

                                                                                                                          3. Correction! I just realized I spelled *Dobalina* incorrectly!

                                                                                                                            1. I don't know where else to voice this, but the use of "handles" bewilders and distresses me. I have come to feel rather close to many of the posters here, and it is so strange to think I have feelings of friendship for someone whose name I will never know, whose face I will never see, about whom I know nothing except what I will glean from this board.

                                                                                                                              For me, saying something online is the same as saying it face to face. I meet lots of people in bars, strike up a casual conversation, and they tell me their names. If someone told me, "I'll never tell you my real name, but you can call me Zoltan13", I'd say "catch you later!" and move on.

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                                                                                                                              1. re: Brian S

                                                                                                                                Well, Brian, as a female who's been stalked online a few times - let me tell you that having a "handle" is far better than giving out your real name. I'd rather be known by my moniker, which nobody can tell what it even means, than have some weirdo calling me by my real name at every post I make.

                                                                                                                                Been there done that. It was Creepy - capital "C" meant to be there.

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                                                                                                                                  Using my real name-even just the first name-would severely inhibit my posting. I know a lot of people in the restaurant industry and it would be incredibly easy to figure out it was me dissing your dish or restaurant. As it is, one could probably guess if one read enough of my posts. I want the freedom to say what worked for me, what didn't. If I thought the chef or owner KNEW it was me, I wouldn't be so honest. I would be afraid of hurting or angering someone.

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                                                                                                                                    the thing is that many of us are here because we have two things in common 1) food obsession, and 2) a commitment to the informative thoughtful dialogue that goes on here. having such a focused (and yes, obsessively moderated) forum means that discussion sticks to where we have common ground. if you meet someone that you know only through the board and find that they are boring, politically reprehensible, or whatever, it colors the way you'll interact with them or read their chow tips. i think that could detract from the spirited chow talk.
                                                                                                                                    i also think that having avatars runs the same risk. seeing pictures that don't fit into our amorphous mental images of specific posters can potentially change the dynamics of the discussion. i guess it remains to be seen if/how it will.

                                                                                                                                    1. re: rose water

                                                                                                                                      Well, if I don't find the posts to be thoughtful, informative or insightful, then it won't matter at all what the avatar looks like or what the handle says.

                                                                                                                                  2. I too love Wanda Fuca, partly because it reminds me of an amusing story from my past.

                                                                                                                                    Over forty years ago I was attending Victoria College in Victoria, British Columbia. If you are geographically challenged, that's on the Strait of Juan de Fuca between Vancouver Island and the state of Washington.

                                                                                                                                    The college was in the process of becoming a four year, degree granting university and wanted a new name. The powers that be almost called the institution Juan de Fuca University until someone pointed out that students would soon start calling the new university Fuca U. True story.

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                                                                                                                                    1. Nicknames, pseudonyms, nyms. I don't understand what any of this has to do the OP's original subject line, "Great Chowhound Handles."

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                                                                                                                                        1. re: FlavoursGal

                                                                                                                                          I am not now, nor have I ever been, French. Prepare to be trounced.

                                                                                                                                          1. re: PommeDeGuerre

                                                                                                                                            Careful...I'll make mash out of you! ;-)

                                                                                                                                      1. I love seeing everyone's handles. I spend most of my time on the Califonia and Home Cooking Boards -- here are my favorites that haven't already been mentioned:
                                                                                                                                        mise in place

                                                                                                                                        1. The nick I've seen and like is kare-raisu.

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                                                                                                                                          1. re: AnnaEA

                                                                                                                                            I love that individual's posts, but I don't understand the name (but there's a lot I don't understand). Could someone explain?


                                                                                                                                            1. re: Ed Dibble

                                                                                                                                              I believe that it's "Japanese" for curry rice, but I'm sure that Kare will eventually happen by and straighten this out either way.

                                                                                                                                                1. re: Ed Dibble

                                                                                                                                                  Thank you, sir. I would return the compliment, but I would be lying. I do respect your toro, though.

                                                                                                                                          2. Did anyone else find themselves reading this thread to see if their handle was mentioned? (Mine isn't chow-related, but it is geographically specific, and it plays on the name of a certain former Attorney General who was at least part of what I perceive to be a houndish administration....)

                                                                                                                                            BTW, I totally agree with those who won't use their real names. Actually, my real first name IS part of my handle, and that's as far as I'll go......

                                                                                                                                            1. I like "buckethead." But of course, I like the Three Stooges (no, its not a handle, the old TV show) as well.

                                                                                                                                              1. I like this handle: cheTONGUEek (tongue in cheek) - it's a good application for a chowhound.