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I know we've had the fun thread about the best names on CH, but I was wondering if anyone is interested in divulging the meaning or inspiration behind some of their names. (Inaplasticcup, passadumkeg, i'm looking at YOU.) obviously, this doesn't apply to obvious handles like mine (like others, i wished i'd thought of something as clever as some of you did!) Is anyone interested in sharing with the rest of us? or is anyone interested in wild speculation as to what YOU think some inventive CHer names mean? Is anyone interested in this topic at all??

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  1. Have you looked at this discussion?

    Favorite CH user names - http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/708737

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    1. re: nsxtasy

      yes, but favorite names isn't exactly what i was asking about - that post doesn't really tell people what their names mean or where they come from, does it?

      1. re: mariacarmen

        Well, mine was supposed to be winecountrygirl and somehow it ended up wincountry. I love the Napa Valley.....

        1. re: wincountrygirl

          too funny, because if you hadn't pointed that out, i wouldn't have noticed it! on first glance i thought it was winecountrygirl!

          1. re: mariacarmen

            I know, right? I read it as intended as well. :)

            1. re: mariacarmen

              So glad - I didn't even notice it until recently!!

            2. re: wincountrygirl

              i noticed right away and thought it was a play on words... you should have just said that- it works too you know :)

        2. There was a thread, MC: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/474133

          BUT not only is it kind of old, it's also getting up there in replies, which can make it a pita to open for some of us. And there are lots of newer posters (or people who missed the thread the first time around), so a part deux is a pretty good idea.

          1. mine kinda comes from the smokey and the bandit movie...my favorite movie when i was a kid.
            his plate on the trans am was BAN-ONE
            so thats where i get mine from...
            and yes back in the day i had a 1978 Trans Am with the screaming chicken and a 400 motor and T-tops
            except mine was gold..not black

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            1. re: srsone

              i love it! thanks for sharing.

              oadl, care to share?? and thanks for that link, it'll be fun to read through for some of the older, by-gone names.

              edit: ok, i'm already loving that thread. thanks again oadl.

              1. re: mariacarmen

                You're welcome! And I said it better for myself there then, than I could here today, but I was glad you brought this up. I was much in need to be reminded of my own philosophy. Jinx shminx. Pffft.

              2. re: srsone

                OMG (again), neighbor. If you knew someone down the street on Silver Lane who had a red '76 Trans Am with the screamin' phoenix, he used to ride a unicycle and he was my uncle...class of '77 EHHS. Were you a hornet?

                1. re: kattyeyes

                  nope..class of 87 at Cheney Tech...

                  used to work at the Meineke on Silver lane tho..
                  used to do 125-130 down 384 before they extended it..and even after...

                  1. re: srsone

                    LOL and I'm sure I'll vanish soon (apologies for going so OT), I'm on the phone with my uncle, reading your post to him. He says he used to do 140-145 down 384...and that Silver Lane was "fun"--used to do 100-115 there. I'm actually glad you don't know each other--you sound like you'd have gotten into some trouble together! You were a year behind me in school, young'un. HA HA!

                    ETA: If you remember the eponymous deli of Silver Lane, you knew my grandparents.

                    1. re: kattyeyes

                      i vaguely remember where i ate lunches back then...it has been 20 years

              3. Aloha, mariacarmen:

                The caretaker's voice.

                Aloha,
                Kaleo

                1. MC, I *LOVE* that you started this thread as I was wondering about other people's screennames too!!!

                  Mine comes from a bit by one of my favorite comedians, Eddie Izzard. Here's the bit:

                  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N-OiCk...

                  *in a plastic cup* @ 3:25

                  :)

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                  1. re: inaplasticcup

                    Bruce. Jungleland.
                    "sitting on the hood of a Dodge. Drinking warm beer in the soft summer rain. "
                    Besides the fact that beer tastes better when it is not as cold as normally served in the US.

                    Still can't believe that we'll never get to hear Clarence do that Jungleland solo live again.

                    1. re: WarmBeer

                      Amen, WarmBeer, and RIP, Big Man.

                      My screen name has nothing to do with food. It's a combination of the translation of my mum's maiden name from Welsh and part of my dad's name. My dad used it to name an orchid he discovered and I stole it for my first consulting company name. Then it became my screen name. For some reason people tend to think I am a male fan of Lord of the Rings because of it (not male but deffo Tolkien lover). Also people often spell it wrong because it contains the less usual spelling of gray.

                      1. re: grayelf

                        i did think it had to do with LOFR but i love the orchard story.

                    2. re: inaplasticcup

                      brilliant. love the glam/gayness! thanks for sharing ina!!

                      1. re: mariacarmen

                        I thought Izzard ID'd as a straight "action transvestite" but glam - definitely.

                        1. re: inaplasticcup

                          thanks for that since i always wondered about your sn and I'm embarrassed to say that "inaplasticcup" has made me think of urine samples before; i totally get it now :)

                          1. re: crowmuncher

                            LOL. You wouldn't be the first, cm! :)

                              1. re: crowmuncher

                                oh yeah sometimes in reply I've used the contraction ina-p-cup (hey an honest mistake)

                                  1. re: hill food

                                    Ha! That's one of my faves. Cracks me up... :P

                                    1. re: inaplasticcup

                                      HA! yeah :P yerself (so to speak - I have once or twice)

                          2. I'm a redneck who got on here to post about taquerias. Naco was the closest Spanish language analogue I could think of for redneck.

                            I probably could have thought through this better, but here we are.

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                            1. Hello.
                              I picked fryerlover as I love chicken wings. I love the small fryer wings. When I first started looking at food sites, I was amazed at the differences in peoples preferance for wings......buffalo, fryer, dusted, breaded, finished on the grill, etc. So I realzed after some reading that my wing preference is fryers, no breading and no dusting, but finished on the grill.
                              I realize now it might sound as if I like everything fried, although that is not the case.
                              Great thread.

                              1. I like to talk about pig roasts and duck fat and stinky cheese, and this CARNIVORE wishes he could punish the vegetarians for hijacking my real name which is danish and has nothing to do with granola and rabbit food and tofu and veggieburgers.

                                I feel better now, after a mini-vent. It's time for bacon.

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                                1. re: Veggo

                                  Like Viggo Mortenson? What does the name mean?

                                  1. re: inaplasticcup

                                    It's old Norse for "slayer of woolly mammoth".

                                    (I just made that up.)

                                    It's just a name, like John or Bob, but I guess those names have alternate meanings, too.

                                    1. re: Veggo

                                      LOL. Apparently, it's something to do with war:

                                      http://www.behindthename.com/name/viggo

                                      I'm into this kinda stuff. :)

                                      1. re: inaplasticcup

                                        I didn't know that. If I were italian I suppose my name would be Mars. Life would have been tough after the book was published.

                                      2. re: Veggo

                                        i never thought you were a veggie, Veggo, i thought maybe you were Italian. or something exotic. and i was right!

                                  2. A blend of my son's favorite cartoon character (Pikachu) and the name of my dog at the time (RIP, dear Wicca).

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                                      1. re: mariacarmen

                                        I certainly never caught her praying, but I never caught her peeing in the house in her early days either, and I know she did that.

                                    1. My name is Sherri and this was my late father's pet name for me.

                                      1. You are not talking about me, because I'm a sporadic at best poster (although I've been lurking and posting infrequently forever and a day) but Ernie is my 14-year-old cat's name. When we were much younger, my husband was part of a football league and was supposed to be selling raffle tickets. He was one of the only players who was working full time and was not able to go door-to-door, so we wound up buying most of the tickets ourselves. He didn't want to put our names down (not married at the time, but I was known to most of the team) so he labeled them as having been bought by Ernie D. Kaht, after my new kitten. So now when I can't think of a name I go with Ernie's first name and middle initial.

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                                        1. re: ErnieD

                                          Nice story. My avatar, little veggo, turned 11 recently. He lives in Mexico, too bad he and Ernie can't get together for an old cats' game of dominos or chase down some slow moving critter.

                                        2. When I first decided to post it seemed as though everyone had such clever names. I tried several, all of which were in use. I finally settled on meatn3.

                                          I wanted a name that was related to my roots - the South. The phrase seems most strongly used in Tn., but most of the South is familiar with it. (A "meat and three" is a menu option at homecooking style restaurants in the South. You choose your meat from several options for the day and then get to choose three sides from the daily list.)

                                          I find it humorous how the choice of name affects the way my posts are perceived at times. Some people seem to assume I'm a big oaf who eats like a lumberjack . Perhaps the same opinion garnered by Blinisnbeluga would be received in a different light!

                                          Here's a link to a great example of a meat & three menu:

                                          http://www.blueshoenashville.com/arno...

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                                          1. re: meatn3

                                            It's true, i have to admit, I did think you must be a hearty eater! not that there's anything wrong with that! how old is that menu? $7.00?? that's amazing....

                                          2. mine is so lame I wish I could change it. when I registered I realized I'd only lived on hills for the last 20+ years and well, the subject was food (god I'm lame)

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                                            1. re: hill food

                                              Awww. I don't think you're lame, hill!!! :D

                                              1. re: hill food

                                                me either! i love it that you combined two salient facets of your life!

                                                1. re: hill food

                                                  Mine is lamer. First initial, part of my last name. No relation to food at all

                                                2. I am a big fan of Belgian beer, and Tripel is my favorite style.

                                                  Nuff said.

                                                  1. Mine represents the first two initials of my husband and my two sons first name.

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                                                    1. re: dojemi

                                                      mine is my actual first name. It's a pretty unique name, even in my own country. It just shows my complete lack of imagination...

                                                    2. Honestly, it's all I could think of that describes who I am and what I do, unless I tried to get the Mods to accept my new screenname as "Marci what loves her kids and other people's kids and stuff in general and what also cooks a whole fucking lot." Though I don't think it would fit, and it would be really hard to find an avatar. :)

                                                      1. Picked mine for the obvious reason. Was working at D & D at the time, wanted to post so did not agonize over handle as usually do. Like my avatar as a name better, and have a name stored, affineur, which is a cheese ager l like better. But would have to start over again, nah

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                                                        1. re: Delucacheesemonger

                                                          "...wanted to post so did not agonize over handle as usually do"

                                                          This was the case for me. I lived in the Woodley Park neighborhood of DC at the time. I really wish I had thought more and come up with a better name, but I'm stuck with it now and don't want to have to start all over again.

                                                        2. I was going for the "In Vino Veritas" action and was drinking vinho verde. I was probably cocked.

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                                                          1. re: invinotheresverde

                                                            Invino...

                                                            I just assumed you were making a lot of money in the wine business!

                                                            1. re: Tripeler

                                                              yeah, i get the same meaning out of it "there's money to be made selling wine"- it totally works

                                                              1. Rabaja is a teeny, tiny wine district within Barbaresco in Northern Italy. I fell in love there as a relatively young girl, with the wine and the land, not a person. It's always stuck with me, and has gone on to be my profile name and/or password for odd things. Not so much my password anymore, though.

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                                                                1. re: rabaja

                                                                  i always wondered about your name, thought it was a Spanish word or name. So of course, i've been pronouncing it wrong this whole time! I'm trying to find it on a map, as i lived in northern Italy in the Piemonte region for 5 months in 2005, also in a tiny little berg, Gaminella, near Casale Monferrato, in Alessandria. Sort of in between Torino and Milano. Does any of that ring a bell?

                                                                  1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                    It's actually basically a vineyard, within Barbaresco, which itself is a tiny village.
                                                                    I had an incredibly memorable lunch there with one of Bruno Rocca's fabulous Barbaresco's, from the rabaja vineyard. The wine label is my avatar.
                                                                    I was there in '03, can't believe I haven't been back yet.

                                                                    1. re: rabaja

                                                                      i think we were in an area very near there... and i always wondered about your avatar too! thx. for sharing that.

                                                                      1. re: rabaja

                                                                        (i know this isn't where you were, but i found it interesting)

                                                                        http://www.kobrandwineandspirits.com/...

                                                                        sounds wonderful, great description of the wine...

                                                                        1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                          It's the same vineyard, no? Just a different producer working with the fruit...?
                                                                          That was a great description, tells you why I fell into a trance there. Now you're really making me want to go back to Italy. Hey, I did buy three lotto tix today!

                                                                          1. re: rabaja

                                                                            ooh, i didn't realize! i just googled it.... yes, go!!

                                                                  2. when i set up my chowhound not too long ago, i was having one of those days when it seemed like i was apologizing to my boyfriend for something every hour so that's how i first thought of "eat crow" since i was looking for something related to food that matched my mood at the time = "crowmuncher"; now i'll have to live w/ that screen name- even when I'm being good; for the record- I do not eat crow literally :)

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                                                                    1. re: crowmuncher

                                                                      I love that. Thanks for sharing. As a fellow pescetarian (I think you said you were?), I was wondering. ;)

                                                                      1. re: onceadaylily

                                                                        yes, i am a pescetarian- not a crowmuncher ;)

                                                                      2. re: crowmuncher

                                                                        i totally love that too. i hope you do not acquire a taste for eating crow.

                                                                        1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                          thank you maria! i have pet birds so that would be unlikely :)

                                                                        1. re: Janet from Richmond

                                                                          Friggin' divinely inspired, girlfriend. :)

                                                                          1. re: Janet from Richmond

                                                                            ok...i feel like we should all be sitting in a circle and say "HI.. Janet from Richmond"

                                                                            then u say something like..."its been one year since i bought my last green can".....

                                                                            1. re: srsone

                                                                              HA HA, I was thinking the same thing...but I like your ending better!

                                                                          2. Blatantly stolen from what is quite often my favorite song of all time:

                                                                            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MjHShJ...

                                                                            Which itself is a reference to a prototype electronic musical instrument, the Ondioline, invented by a Frenchman named Georges Jenny.

                                                                            As a result of the relative obscurity of my name, many posters think my real name is Jenny, which it isn't.

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                                                                              1. re: Jenny Ondioline

                                                                                I liked your old name better, but then I've always been more of a literature than a music guy.

                                                                              2. I'm buttertart because I'm a tart for butter among other things, and in honour of my dear departed mother, who, sorry other people of Ontarian origin, made the best butter tarts in the history of mankind.

                                                                                Am only buttertart on CH - it's been taken by others as a username on other services (bastards).

                                                                                Used to post under my real name until the changeover and believe you me, buttertart attracts more responses than my real name ever did.

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                                                                                1. "Qian-ning" is the pinyin spelling of my Chinese given name. When I first started using the net I was living in Beijing and it just seemed natural to use the Chinese version of my name for various boards, and I have done so ever since, although it really should be 谦宁, which would make an ok avatar if i were savvy enough to know how to do it....

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                                                                                  1. re: qianning

                                                                                    Very nice name. Your teacher must have liked you. I used mine (Suxin 素欣) on a Chinese food discussion site a while back. Have also used my nickname (lred chili pepper, hong la jiao 红辣 椒).
                                                                                    raytamsgv has the character for "hungry" as his, wonder how it was done?

                                                                                    1. re: buttertart

                                                                                      You want to use a Chinese character as an icon? The easiest way would be to search the Web for an existing GIF or JPEG of the character you want and save a copy to your hard drive. I found a lot of them on this site (http://chineseculture.about.com/libra...) with a quick google.

                                                                                      Alternatively, if you can't find one you can create your own, as long as you have some kind of graphics program. In Windows: Paste a reasonably large version of the character on a page in pretty much any program (Word will do). Press the Print Screen button, which captures an image of the screen to the clipboard. Open a blank page in the graphics program and press Paste. Crop the image to just the area of the character, then save the file as a JPEG or GIF. Now you can use it as an icon.

                                                                                      On a Mac it's probably even easier but I don't know Macs.

                                                                                      1. re: buttertart

                                                                                        I'll keep an eye open for 素欣 and 红辣椒 on the Chinese boards, although in truth the only one I follow much is areyoueye, because he does such a great job of tracking & reviewing the Boston & NYC Chinese food scenes.

                                                                                        1. re: qianning

                                                                                          I'll have to check that out - it's been a while since I was on any of the Chinese boards.

                                                                                        2. re: buttertart

                                                                                          I'm completely wowed by those of you who put the Chinese characters in your posts. I can't even add the accents needed for French cooking terms!

                                                                                          1. re: L.Nightshade

                                                                                            Same here. Where's the friggin umlaut on this machine, and how do I roll an n or an r or turn a question mark upside down so I can ask a decent query in spanish?

                                                                                            1. re: Veggo

                                                                                              windows keyboard....
                                                                                              hold down the Alt key while keying the following three-digit sequences on the numeric keypad: upside down ? is code alt 168 -- ¿
                                                                                              http://www.alt-codes.net/

                                                                                              or if u have windows xp...use the Character Map program. In Windows XP, get to it as follows:
                                                                                              Start > All Programs > Accessories >
                                                                                              System Tools > Character Map
                                                                                              Select the character(s) you want, click Copy, and then paste the character(s)

                                                                                              cant help u if u have a mac....i dont do apple...

                                                                                              1. re: srsone

                                                                                                I'm still not getting anywhere. rats.

                                                                                                1. re: Veggo

                                                                                                  is your num lock on?

                                                                                                  ¿¿¿

                                                                                                  see?

                                                                                                  1. re: srsone

                                                                                                    Now I just lost my tool bar. I'm hopeless.

                                                                                                    1. re: Veggo

                                                                                                      sounds like u need to find the nearest 10 yo.......

                                                                                                      :-)

                                                                                                      1. re: Veggo

                                                                                                        Veggo, i just go to the internet and google a word i know has the character with the accent (or whatever) on it, copy it - just that one letter - then paste it into the word i i'm using. it's the oldster, lame-o, version of being internet self-sufficient.

                                                                                                        1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                          At least I was able to restore my tool bar by accident. Oh, Auntie Em, there's no place like homepage!

                                                                                                          1. re: Veggo

                                                                                                            More than you really want to know department:

                                                                                                            In Windows (for western languages, anyway):
                                                                                                            Start menu (far left corner) > All programs > Accessories > System Tools > Character Map. Locate the one you want, select, copy, paste into your text. Or use the mariacarmen method, less hassle.

                                                                                                            There are special programs for Chinese (one is Twin Bridge) that involve entering the word in Pinyin (a romanization system, the one that's been standard in print in the US since 1978 or so) and picking the correct character from the ones that are romanized in the same way. Chinese has a lot of homonyms, probably the most famous being ma, whcih can mean variously mother, horse, to beat as in hit, a surname, an interrogative particle, and hemp among other things, most written differently, so you need to know which one you want.
                                                                                                            In this case I used Google translate because I don't have Twin Bridge on this computer.

                                                                                                            Qianning is a nice name because it means modest and peaceful, incidentally. Mine means pure and happy or always happy, depending on interpretation...

                                                                                                            1. re: buttertart

                                                                                                              since this is chowhound, 素欣, somehow I was thinking vegetarian bliss (sorry, sorry, I couldn't resist)...as you can see, i have a lot of trouble living up to my teacher's expectations.

                                                                                                              meanwhile, for those using some versions of windows xp (and i assume later versions of windows), it is possible to load a whole range of different keyboard/fonts/languages and switch back and forth. so i have standard US english, simplified prc mandarin, and traditional taiwanese keyboards that i can move between using the language bar.

                                                                                                              to load an extra keyboard/font in xp, go to the start menu, then the control panel, then date/time/language, then the "add a language" option, then chose the language, then install. There are options for most of the european languages, as well as for several asian languages (for the asian languages there's an additional step that pops up on the date/time/language menu).

                                                                                                              1. re: qianning

                                                                                                                I was going to mention the vegetarian thing (as unlikely as it is to apply to me)but that wan't what Shi Taitai intended. (It's about as close phonetically as you can get to my first name, in Chinese.)
                                                                                                                Must check the extra keyboard options, thanks!

                                                                                                              2. re: buttertart

                                                                                                                see, i've run into this before: when looking to write "espanol", if i use the character provided by Windows, i get this: ň. when i cut and paste off a word from a google search, i get this: ñ. the second one is clearly the right character. i don't know what the Windows one is, do you?

                                                                                                                ETA: NEVER MIND, just found it. scrolling helps! thanks BT you are helpful!!!

                                                                                                                1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                  see my first post under veggo...

                                                                                                                  has link to all the alt codes......

                                                                                                                  just the Spanish alphabet alt code characters.

                                                                                                                  Symbol Number
                                                                                                                  á 160
                                                                                                                  é 130
                                                                                                                  í 161
                                                                                                                  ñ 164
                                                                                                                  ó 162
                                                                                                                  ú 163
                                                                                                                  ü 129
                                                                                                                  Symbol Number
                                                                                                                  Á 193
                                                                                                                  É 144
                                                                                                                  Í 205
                                                                                                                  Ñ 165
                                                                                                                  Ó 211
                                                                                                                  Ê 202
                                                                                                                  Ú 218
                                                                                                                  Ü 154
                                                                                                                  ¿ 168
                                                                                                                  ¡ 173
                                                                                                                  How to use

                                                                                                                  Press and hold the ALT key and type the number of desired alt code character.

                                                                                                                  1. re: srsone

                                                                                                                    thanks for reposting srsone. i'm copying that down now. tho i was able to do it BT's way too.

                                                                                                                    1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                      yw....

                                                                                                                      after you do the codes a few times its easier and faster to do ¿¡
                                                                                                                      see?
                                                                                                                      no opening a separate window and going to google...☺☺☻

                                                                                                            2. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                              "i just go to the internet and google a word"
                                                                                                              That is exactly what I do when the accents are important!

                                                                                                              1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                I just do a spell check when I'm finished typing and before hitting Save...the diacriticals are done for me... as in... jalapeño.

                                                                                                                Oh and my name, Gio pronounced Joe, is simply the Italian short name for my given name, Giovanna.

                                                                                                                1. re: Gio

                                                                                                                  And I used to think you looked just like your avitar!

                                                                                                                  1. re: Passadumkeg

                                                                                                                    Oh but I do, Passa...that's me in a nutshell.

                                                                                                                    1. re: Gio

                                                                                                                      I picture Sophia Loren...or Elizabeth Taylor in her younger days!

                                                                                                      2. re: Veggo

                                                                                                        OR (regarding accent marked letters and this is clumsy) type it in Word highlight the letter and choose insert: symbol and scroll through the libraries until you find the tilde or umlaut or whatever diacritical mark you seek and copy it into your post. yeah it's a clunky method but it works.

                                                                                                        Qian and Butter, we English-only speakers don't handle tripthongs easily much less dipthongs but I would be interested in reading a close phonetic of your name. I studied Mandarin a coupla summers and never really got the hang of the distinction between Xi Qi etc. whether they were a ch or a sh or something else. no disrespect meant at all I find it fascinating.

                                                                                                        1. re: hill food

                                                                                                          oh dear, this is going to be boring, and knowing me pedantic, but since you ask....in the pin yin system of romanization of Chinese words, the "Q" is used to represent what to an English speaker would be an unaspirated "ch" sound.

                                                                                                          Unaspirated means no puff of air through the lips when speaking, and the easiest way to tell if you are aspirating a sound is to put your hand in front of your mouth, no air puff=unaspirated, air puff=aspirated. Sooooo, "Qian" is roughly pronounced "chee-yen" (but ellided into all one syllable not two) with no puff of air.

                                                                                                          The "X" in pin yin is used to represent an unaspirated "sh" sound. So the "Xin" in BT's name is roughly the same as "sheen" in english but with no puff of air.

                                                                                                          So, in my mangled system, BT is "Sue-sheen" and I'm "Cheeyen-ning".

                                                                                                          1. re: qianning

                                                                                                            Soo-sheen (not sue as in sue somebody, at least as pronounced in Brit/Can English, with a dipthonged ue).

                                                                                                            And to get even more pedantic, the reason that Pinyin is so pesky to Western language learners is that it was established in cooperation with RUSSIAN linguists (back when China was pally with the Russians) and the transliteration is a result of the Russian input (zh etc being more common in Russian)...however, once you learn/accept its peculiarities it's probably the easiest one to deal with.

                                                                                                            Pet Pinyin peeve: Beijing pronounced inexplicably by almost all newsreaders (among others) as Beizhing. Jing has a hard J as in jingle bells. Why make things more complicated? It's what you would say if you were "seeing and saying it" as a child, the English default pronunciation. There isn't even a "zhing" phoneme in Mandarin/Putonghua.

                                                                                                            1. re: buttertart

                                                                                                              god how did I miss some of this, our textbook even had diagrams regarding tongue and palate placement. earlier tonight I suggested to a friend who teaches a wide swath of Int'l students to just say "hey I never studied languages, coax me through your name until I get it" (in that case the Xi vs. Zh vs, Ji, etc. - sorry it is difficult for someone who didn't grow up with it. not un-knowable, just awkward). seems like an honest way of going about it.

                                                                                                2. Maria, I just stumbled upon this thread. Passadumkeag, Maine, is both a village and mountain, north of Bangor. But the true meaning comes from The Wicked Good Band, a group of local color humorists. They sing such great hits like "They Call the Wind Machias", "Big Friggin' Clam" (I don't want no burger, I don't want no SPAM, I don't care if it's boiled or fried, Just give me a big friggin' clam!) and ....."Hey Bartender Passadimkeag!" , a beer drinking song. As an inverterate beer drinker, it seemed a natural fit.
                                                                                                  Life is too short to drink cheap beer!

                                                                                                  Dumkeg

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                                                                                                  1. re: Passadumkeg

                                                                                                    you were one of the ones i was particularly waiting to hear from! i thought it had a vaguely American Indian sound to it.... like the beeriness of it too. Suits you, i think!

                                                                                                    1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                      In Heaven there is no beer
                                                                                                      That's why we drink it here.
                                                                                                      And when we're gone from here,
                                                                                                      Our friends will be drinkin' all the beer!
                                                                                                      More beer!

                                                                                                      1. re: Passadumkeg

                                                                                                        in heaven there is no beer? no wonder i'm an atheist.

                                                                                                          1. re: Passadumkeg

                                                                                                            ow? It was intended as a nice comment. so ppppppth. (heh)

                                                                                                        1. re: Passadumkeg

                                                                                                          I always thought it was a slightly slurred "Hey, pass the dumb keg"

                                                                                                            1. re: Passadumkeg

                                                                                                              That's hysterical--you can buy it in vinyl or audio cassette?

                                                                                                            2. re: Passadumkeg

                                                                                                              that's an even better "behind the screen name story" than i thought it would be- so much history there Dumkeg...
                                                                                                              i figured it had much to do w/ passing dum beer kegs ;)

                                                                                                              1. re: crowmuncher

                                                                                                                We just got in from The Bibo Bar (NM), green chile cheeseburgers and chile beer!

                                                                                                                1. re: Passadumkeg

                                                                                                                  chile beer? New Mexico? i'm so jealous; didn't know chile beer even existed, but i've had chile chocolate

                                                                                                                  1. re: crowmuncher

                                                                                                                    Pretty spicy too. But I wouldn't like to drink a lot of it, though.

                                                                                                            3. Mine is ridiculously unclever--my initials, jlh in wa (as the state). Boring.

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                                                                                                              1. re: jlhinwa

                                                                                                                not at all,because you didn't spell out your name, nor spell out the state (no offense to others who've done so) but instead made what appeared to be an exotic name for yourself.

                                                                                                                1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                  I think it works, also. Sounds like an exotic scandinavian-asian blend, sort of what good coffee isn't.

                                                                                                                  1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                    Agree. Sounds like a good bellydancer name:)

                                                                                                                    1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                      hey maria, jihinwha might still be of Asian descent as I imagined. ya never know (like it could matter either way)

                                                                                                                      1. re: hill food

                                                                                                                        Yes, then Veggo would be right on the money.

                                                                                                                          1. re: hill food

                                                                                                                            Wise everbody always pickin' on me?

                                                                                                                            1. re: Veggo

                                                                                                                              uhhh, it's fun?

                                                                                                                              "ya only hurt the one you shove"

                                                                                                                              1. re: Veggo

                                                                                                                                So your real name is...Charlie Brown?

                                                                                                                    2. My name is a short version of the name I picked for a restaurant I want to open, The Potato House Restaurant and Bakery. I live in northern Maine in potato country and I figured the name would appeal to locals.

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                                                                                                                      1. re: PotatoHouse

                                                                                                                        Nice to have a Hound from The County! Where else is there a potato blossom festival? Ever been through Passadumkeag?
                                                                                                                        Wicked good, Chummy!

                                                                                                                        1. re: Passadumkeg

                                                                                                                          I haven't made it there yet, but I'm sure I will eventually.

                                                                                                                          1. re: PotatoHouse

                                                                                                                            I'd eat there. Potatoes are my favorite starch.

                                                                                                                            1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                              It's going to be a family restaurant featuring local dishes with a slight fusion of my native southern cuisine.

                                                                                                                          2. I'm sure mine's here somewhere but don't see it right this second.

                                                                                                                            my favorite singers at the moment, the group, IL Divo

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                                                                                                                            1. re: iL Divo

                                                                                                                              So cheesy of me, but I love their version of Unbreak My Heart.

                                                                                                                              Morning, ID. :)

                                                                                                                              1. re: inaplasticcup

                                                                                                                                inaplas, you are not a cheeseball for loving their version of UBMH.
                                                                                                                                you should see me sitting front row center when they sing Eric Carmens' "all by myself"....they hit those crazy big long crescendoing notes and I'm simply a puddle on the floor

                                                                                                                            2. I'll play. I've had an account for a while under my real full name, and I only recently decided I should change it to something 'safer'. I'm a scientist and I work in a lab all day. Plus, I was having trouble thinking of something more creative. Now that I've started posting a bit, I really wish I had spent more time thinking about it!

                                                                                                                              1. Reviving an old thread .....

                                                                                                                                My user name came from a defunct monthly dim sum social club I created about 12 years ago. I called it The LotusRap as a spin on the sticky rice lotus leaf wrap you get at dim sum:
                                                                                                                                http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lo_mai_gai

                                                                                                                                And of course my handle, in the Yahoo group site I started for that club, was LotusRapper. Naturally over time as I found myself in more and more food forums and food blog sites, I simply decided to keep the name.

                                                                                                                                1. Emglow 101 : I needed a user name to sign up for Party Poker. Looking across the room was my air compressor.Brand name is Emglo. Not much thought put into it. I added the W,and used part of my other poker playing freind who was S.C 101.Combined the two thus emglow 101. Continued to use this when I found Chowhound.

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                                                                                                                                  1. re: emglow101

                                                                                                                                    Funny. You coulda also ended up being either Makita101, DeWalt101, Craftsman101 or ..... Ridgid101.