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mariacarmen Aug 4, 2011 07:50 AM

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??

  1. emglow101 Nov 21, 2013 06:05 PM

    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
      LotusRapper Nov 21, 2013 06:16 PM

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

    2. LotusRapper Nov 21, 2013 03:49 PM

      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:

      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.

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        LabLady Sep 27, 2011 08:07 AM

        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. iL Divo Sep 27, 2011 06:51 AM

          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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            inaplasticcup Sep 27, 2011 07:40 AM

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

            Morning, ID. :)

            1. re: inaplasticcup
              iL Divo Oct 2, 2011 12:28 PM

              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. PotatoHouse Aug 25, 2011 05:59 PM

            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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              Passadumkeg Aug 25, 2011 06:06 PM

              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
                PotatoHouse Aug 27, 2011 04:27 AM

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

              2. re: PotatoHouse
                Veggo Aug 25, 2011 06:06 PM

                An Aroostook County rascal?

                1. re: Veggo
                  Passadumkeg Aug 25, 2011 06:13 PM

                  Good potato vodka!

                2. re: PotatoHouse
                  mariacarmen Aug 26, 2011 04:23 PM

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

                  1. re: mariacarmen
                    PotatoHouse Aug 27, 2011 04:29 AM

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

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                  jlhinwa Aug 23, 2011 10:05 PM

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

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                  1. re: jlhinwa
                    mariacarmen Aug 24, 2011 10:16 PM

                    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.

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                      Veggo Aug 25, 2011 06:10 PM

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

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                        crowmuncher Aug 27, 2011 08:19 AM

                        Agree. Sounds like a good bellydancer name:)

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                          hill food Aug 29, 2011 12:22 AM

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

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                            mariacarmen Aug 29, 2011 02:32 PM

                            Yes, then Veggo would be right on the money.

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                              hill food Sep 1, 2011 03:38 PM

                              and we can't have that...

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                                Veggo Sep 1, 2011 04:35 PM

                                Wise everbody always pickin' on me?

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                                  hill food Sep 1, 2011 05:25 PM

                                  uhhh, it's fun?

                                  "ya only hurt the one you shove"

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                                    buttertart Sep 2, 2011 09:54 AM

                                    So your real name is...Charlie Brown?

                        2. Passadumkeg Aug 23, 2011 11:18 AM

                          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!


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                          1. re: Passadumkeg
                            mariacarmen Aug 23, 2011 01:20 PM

                            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
                              Passadumkeg Aug 23, 2011 01:57 PM

                              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
                                mariacarmen Aug 23, 2011 03:15 PM

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

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                                  buttertart Aug 24, 2011 05:30 AM

                                  Hahahaha join the club.

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                                hill food Aug 23, 2011 09:28 PM

                                it does fit the guy doesn't it?

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                                  Passadumkeg Aug 23, 2011 09:43 PM


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                                    hill food Aug 23, 2011 09:48 PM

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

                                2. re: mariacarmen
                                  jlhinwa Aug 23, 2011 10:04 PM

                                  I was wondering too!

                                3. re: Passadumkeg
                                  gaffk Aug 24, 2011 01:06 PM

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

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                                    Passadumkeg Aug 24, 2011 01:54 PM

                                    Could be...


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                                      gaffk Aug 24, 2011 02:53 PM

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

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                                      mariacarmen Aug 24, 2011 10:15 PM

                                      ahahah gaffk, love that.

                                    3. re: Passadumkeg
                                      crowmuncher Aug 27, 2011 06:15 AM

                                      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
                                        Passadumkeg Aug 27, 2011 03:23 PM

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

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                                          crowmuncher Aug 27, 2011 03:42 PM

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

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                                            Passadumkeg Aug 27, 2011 03:51 PM

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

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                                      qianning Aug 22, 2011 08:49 AM

                                      "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
                                        buttertart Aug 22, 2011 09:08 AM

                                        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
                                          BobB Aug 22, 2011 09:36 AM

                                          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
                                            qianning Aug 22, 2011 10:47 AM

                                            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
                                              buttertart Aug 22, 2011 10:55 AM

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

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                                              L.Nightshade Aug 22, 2011 04:59 PM

                                              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!

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                                                Veggo Aug 22, 2011 05:50 PM

                                                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
                                                  srsone Aug 22, 2011 05:58 PM

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

                                                  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
                                                    Veggo Aug 22, 2011 06:09 PM

                                                    I'm still not getting anywhere. rats.

                                                    1. re: Veggo
                                                      srsone Aug 22, 2011 06:10 PM

                                                      is your num lock on?



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                                                        Veggo Aug 22, 2011 06:15 PM

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

                                                        1. re: Veggo
                                                          srsone Aug 22, 2011 06:17 PM

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


                                                          1. re: Veggo
                                                            mariacarmen Aug 22, 2011 06:54 PM

                                                            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
                                                              Veggo Aug 22, 2011 07:51 PM

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

                                                              1. re: Veggo
                                                                buttertart Aug 23, 2011 06:43 AM

                                                                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
                                                                  qianning Aug 23, 2011 07:09 AM

                                                                  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
                                                                    buttertart Aug 23, 2011 07:14 AM

                                                                    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
                                                                    mariacarmen Aug 23, 2011 07:38 AM

                                                                    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
                                                                      srsone Aug 23, 2011 08:00 AM

                                                                      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
                                                                        mariacarmen Aug 23, 2011 11:09 AM

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

                                                                        1. re: mariacarmen
                                                                          srsone Aug 23, 2011 11:15 AM


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

                                                                2. re: mariacarmen
                                                                  L.Nightshade Aug 23, 2011 10:55 AM

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

                                                                  1. re: mariacarmen
                                                                    Gio Aug 26, 2011 12:21 PM

                                                                    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.

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                                                                      Passadumkeg Aug 26, 2011 01:15 PM

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

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                                                                        Gio Aug 27, 2011 04:52 AM

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

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                                                                          kattyeyes Aug 27, 2011 05:10 AM

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

                                                          2. re: Veggo
                                                            hill food Aug 23, 2011 09:26 PM

                                                            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
                                                              qianning Aug 24, 2011 04:53 AM

                                                              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
                                                                buttertart Aug 24, 2011 05:42 AM

                                                                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
                                                                  hill food Aug 29, 2011 12:14 AM

                                                                  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.

                                                                  1. re: hill food
                                                                    buttertart Aug 29, 2011 01:31 PM

                                                                    Very sensible indeed.

                                                    2. buttertart Aug 22, 2011 08:05 AM

                                                      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. re: buttertart
                                                        mariacarmen Aug 22, 2011 11:07 AM

                                                        "I'm a tart for butter" - like.

                                                        1. re: mariacarmen
                                                          buttertart Aug 22, 2011 11:22 AM

                                                          The truth and nothing but.

                                                      2. j
                                                        Jenny Ondioline Aug 21, 2011 01:43 PM

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


                                                        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
                                                          mariacarmen Aug 21, 2011 10:50 PM

                                                          very cool moniker!

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                                                            BobB Aug 22, 2011 07:48 AM

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

                                                          2. j
                                                            Janet from Richmond Aug 14, 2011 02:28 PM

                                                            I'm Janet
                                                            I'm from Richmond.

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                                                              mamachef Aug 14, 2011 04:10 PM

                                                              Friggin' divinely inspired, girlfriend. :)

                                                              1. re: Janet from Richmond
                                                                srsone Aug 14, 2011 05:19 PM

                                                                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
                                                                  kattyeyes Aug 14, 2011 06:43 PM

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

                                                              2. crowmuncher Aug 14, 2011 11:20 AM

                                                                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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                                                                  onceadaylily Aug 14, 2011 11:38 AM

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

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                                                                    crowmuncher Aug 14, 2011 11:45 AM

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

                                                                  2. re: crowmuncher
                                                                    mariacarmen Aug 14, 2011 11:07 PM

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

                                                                    1. re: mariacarmen
                                                                      crowmuncher Aug 15, 2011 03:12 AM

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

                                                                  3. rabaja Aug 14, 2011 09:28 AM

                                                                    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
                                                                      mariacarmen Aug 14, 2011 09:45 AM

                                                                      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
                                                                        rabaja Aug 14, 2011 11:11 AM

                                                                        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
                                                                          mariacarmen Aug 14, 2011 11:06 PM

                                                                          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
                                                                            mariacarmen Aug 14, 2011 11:23 PM

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


                                                                            sounds wonderful, great description of the wine...

                                                                            1. re: mariacarmen
                                                                              rabaja Aug 15, 2011 09:47 PM

                                                                              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
                                                                                mariacarmen Aug 15, 2011 10:03 PM

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

                                                                      2. invinotheresverde Aug 12, 2011 07:57 AM

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

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                                                                          Tripeler Aug 12, 2011 07:21 PM


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

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                                                                            crowmuncher Aug 14, 2011 11:36 AM

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

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                                                                              soupkitten Aug 14, 2011 02:54 PM

                                                                              +3 my assumption too!

                                                                          2. re: invinotheresverde
                                                                            invinotheresasister Aug 14, 2011 03:35 PM

                                                                            You just ripped me off.

                                                                            1. re: invinotheresasister
                                                                              crowmuncher Aug 15, 2011 03:11 AM

                                                                              so funny...

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                                                                                invinotheresverde Aug 15, 2011 06:37 AM

                                                                                You're a thiefer of names!

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                                                                                  invinotheresasister Aug 16, 2011 07:44 PM

                                                                                  Me? You!

                                                                            2. Delucacheesemonger Aug 12, 2011 05:04 AM

                                                                              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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                                                                                woodleyparkhound Aug 13, 2011 06:49 AM

                                                                                "...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. mamachef Aug 12, 2011 04:16 AM

                                                                                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. dojemi Aug 10, 2011 05:23 AM

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

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                                                                                    Klary Aug 12, 2011 04:07 AM

                                                                                    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. Tripeler Aug 10, 2011 01:27 AM

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

                                                                                    Nuff said.

                                                                                    1. hill food Aug 9, 2011 11:54 PM

                                                                                      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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                                                                                        inaplasticcup Aug 10, 2011 03:55 AM

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

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                                                                                          mariacarmen Aug 10, 2011 10:28 PM

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

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                                                                                            hill food Aug 10, 2011 11:02 PM


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                                                                                              crowmuncher Aug 14, 2011 11:33 AM

                                                                                              plus, u have a great avatar

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                                                                                            tcamp Aug 12, 2011 07:45 AM

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

                                                                                          3. meatn3 Aug 7, 2011 07:47 AM

                                                                                            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:


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                                                                                              mariacarmen Aug 7, 2011 10:43 AM

                                                                                              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....

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                                                                                              ErnieD Aug 6, 2011 05:59 PM

                                                                                              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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                                                                                                Veggo Aug 6, 2011 06:10 PM

                                                                                                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.

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                                                                                                sherriberry Aug 6, 2011 04:51 PM

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

                                                                                                1. pikawicca Aug 6, 2011 08:10 AM

                                                                                                  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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                                                                                                    mariacarmen Aug 6, 2011 04:19 PM

                                                                                                    was your doggie a pagan? RIP!

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                                                                                                      pikawicca Aug 12, 2011 07:14 PM

                                                                                                      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.

                                                                                                  2. Veggo Aug 6, 2011 04:30 AM

                                                                                                    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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                                                                                                      inaplasticcup Aug 6, 2011 06:55 AM

                                                                                                      Like Viggo Mortenson? What does the name mean?

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                                                                                                        Veggo Aug 6, 2011 07:42 AM

                                                                                                        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.

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                                                                                                          inaplasticcup Aug 6, 2011 08:43 AM

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


                                                                                                          I'm into this kinda stuff. :)

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                                                                                                            Veggo Aug 6, 2011 02:21 PM

                                                                                                            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
                                                                                                            mariacarmen Aug 7, 2011 10:44 AM

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

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                                                                                                        fryerlover Aug 5, 2011 09:09 AM

                                                                                                        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. Naco Aug 5, 2011 06:40 AM

                                                                                                          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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                                                                                                            mariacarmen Aug 6, 2011 03:23 AM

                                                                                                            i like it, Naco.

                                                                                                          2. inaplasticcup Aug 4, 2011 06:54 PM

                                                                                                            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:


                                                                                                            *in a plastic cup* @ 3:25


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                                                                                                              WarmBeer Aug 4, 2011 08:51 PM

                                                                                                              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.

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                                                                                                                grayelf Aug 6, 2011 08:19 AM

                                                                                                                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.

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                                                                                                                  mariacarmen Aug 6, 2011 04:17 PM

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

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                                                                                                                mariacarmen Aug 6, 2011 03:19 AM

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

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                                                                                                                  hill food Aug 9, 2011 11:49 PM

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

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                                                                                                                  Delucacheesemonger Aug 12, 2011 05:05 AM

                                                                                                                  Ah, Izzard in the morning, beautiful!

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                                                                                                                    crowmuncher Aug 14, 2011 11:29 AM

                                                                                                                    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 :)

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                                                                                                                      inaplasticcup Aug 16, 2011 03:02 AM

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

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                                                                                                                        crowmuncher Aug 16, 2011 03:40 AM

                                                                                                                        glad to know i wasn't the only one ;)

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                                                                                                                          hill food Aug 16, 2011 07:54 PM

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

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                                                                                                                            crowmuncher Aug 17, 2011 03:45 AM

                                                                                                                            oh no... :)

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                                                                                                                              inaplasticcup Aug 22, 2011 05:59 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                hill food Aug 23, 2011 09:15 PM

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

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                                                                                                                      kaleokahu Aug 4, 2011 10:18 AM

                                                                                                                      Aloha, mariacarmen:

                                                                                                                      The caretaker's voice.


                                                                                                                      1. srsone Aug 4, 2011 09:17 AM

                                                                                                                        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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                                                                                                                          mariacarmen Aug 4, 2011 09:38 AM

                                                                                                                          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.

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                                                                                                                            onceadaylily Aug 4, 2011 09:56 AM

                                                                                                                            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.

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                                                                                                                            kattyeyes Aug 4, 2011 05:48 PM

                                                                                                                            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?

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                                                                                                                              srsone Aug 4, 2011 06:22 PM

                                                                                                                              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...

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                                                                                                                                kattyeyes Aug 4, 2011 06:44 PM

                                                                                                                                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.

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                                                                                                                                  srsone Aug 6, 2011 03:53 PM

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

                                                                                                                          3. onceadaylily Aug 4, 2011 08:45 AM

                                                                                                                            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. nsxtasy Aug 4, 2011 08:16 AM

                                                                                                                              Have you looked at this discussion?

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

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                                                                                                                                mariacarmen Aug 4, 2011 08:25 AM

                                                                                                                                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?

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                                                                                                                                  wincountrygirl Aug 12, 2011 05:42 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                    mariacarmen Aug 12, 2011 07:40 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                      inaplasticcup Aug 12, 2011 08:54 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                        wincountrygirl Aug 12, 2011 09:16 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                        crowmuncher Aug 14, 2011 11:22 AM

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

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