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Old 06-24-12   #11
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you seriously hang your whole identity on the nail that is your name? well i suppose if anything i helped in starting a active topic however all i was meaning was that she just started studying Druidic practices, to give yourself a name that represents that practice so early on would most likely mean that your going to be changing from one name to another as you further progress in your studies. at this stage of her practice changing her name would be meaningless, that she should wait till shes matured in the practice first.


That wasn't directed at you in any argumentative way. I realize it looks that way, but truly, once an argument breaks out, I just ignore most of it. I don't get caught up in the drama. I understand your viewpoint, but I disagree.



No, I don't hang my identity on the nail that is my name. If you re-read that quote, I think you will understand better what I meant. It's how you explain to others who you are. I don't reveal everything I am to others, but I don't want to be called by a name I dislike, any more than I wish to be called by a label I dislike. It's more about being true to yourself than about the actual label.


If someone calls me a witch, it does me no harm. Their opinion of me does not affect me whatsoever. But, if they call me a witch within my hearing and I do not correct them, them I have accepted that label for myself. I will not do that. It's the same way with a name. You may call me Jack, Jill, or Jim-Bob. It has no bearing on me, at all. If, however, I begin to introduce myself as Jim-Bob, it changes me. I have said to myself that I would be Jim-Bob, and further, I have said it to you.
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Old 06-24-12   #12
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I can certainly relate to this! My name is Natalie but I'm often called Nat or Natty which I hate because it sounds like gnat (the bug).

You know, after I read this, I realized we all do it constantly. Sure, they aren't our given names, but how many times have I typed "fera," when I meant "feranaja?" Recently, rather than typing out your entire user name, I simply left it at, "Lady." Now, in the case of feranaja, the last half is just as important as the first half, yet I regularly leave it off. In your case, I have the feeling that "oftheTrees" is the most important part, yet I again left it off.



Most of us put some thought into our user names. They are important to us, though perhaps not as important as our "real" names. I wonder why we shorten them so? Are we really that lazy, that we cannot bother to type a few extra letters? If the person we address is not worth the effort to us, are we then saying we don't value them enough to type it out? Obviously not, or we wouldn't bother typing at all, but if you really stop and think about it, we are basically ignoring our friends' requests to be addressed in a particular manner. If we care about one another, shouldn't we make the effort? It's something to think about.
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Definitely interesting concept in terms of speech and naming.
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The name I use, when such a name is called for, is actually an anagram of my birth name, and it suits me very well. It came about from a witch named Nephele Carnal (if I remember) that came around to Occult Forums back in the day (ten years ago now??), who claimed to practice the 'ars magna,' which of course means Great Work, but is itself an anagram of 'anagrams.'
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You know, after I read this, I realized we all do it constantly. Sure, they aren't our given names, but how many times have I typed "fera," when I meant "feranaja?" Recently, rather than typing out your entire user name, I simply left it at, "Lady." Now, in the case of feranaja, the last half is just as important as the first half, yet I regularly leave it off. In your case, I have the feeling that "oftheTrees" is the most important part, yet I again left it off.



Most of us put some thought into our user names. They are important to us, though perhaps not as important as our "real" names. I wonder why we shorten them so? Are we really that lazy, that we cannot bother to type a few extra letters? If the person we address is not worth the effort to us, are we then saying we don't value them enough to type it out? Obviously not, or we wouldn't bother typing at all, but if you really stop and think about it, we are basically ignoring our friends' requests to be addressed in a particular manner. If we care about one another, shouldn't we make the effort? It's something to think about.

I admit to being part of the trend here of using shorter versions of names. It caught on,almost like being called "LR" instead of Lord Ruhven or BR instead of BrigidRose was a marker of one's status here - not status in a hierarchical way but simply meaning it shows familiarity. These shorter versions have been widely used here and no one ever complaining except once...and he has accepted a different nickname. I use LoT because LadyoftheTrees is lengthy to type and I type hours and hours every day...also "Lady" is, in my world, a term bestowed by others, denoting great stature in a magical community, so I feel odd using it as a nickname. Hence, LoT.

If anyone sees these nicknames as demeaning please let me know. I for one don't mind fera at all, I often sign that way, which should be a good indication I'm ok with it.
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Oh, fera, I was just musing. You know me. You are right, the shorter versions are a sign of affection. They are a way of saying, "I'm comfortable and at ease with you. We are becoming friends." So, it's actually nice, in my opinion. I just thought about it, really, because I don't know LadyOfTheTrees very well, and...my mind is odd. But isn't it a little strange that we get so upset over truncated given names, while truncated chosen names are seen as affectionate, especially after we hear how diligently you worked to find your online name? That's all I was getting at. The quirks we have. I just tend to "think out loud."
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Haha, it just always reminds me of Lot from the Bible. I don't know if you all are familiar with the Old Testament story of Lot and his family. They lived in Sodom and Gamorrah, well, one of the two, I don't remember which. Abraham and Lot were the only non-sinning families in the city(cities), so God told Abraham he needed to go to Lot and tell him of his will to destroy Sodom and Gamorrah due to their sinning against him and to get out of the city and to take Lot and his family with him. Lot was given special instructions not to look back as fire rained down on the city. He told his family, but his wife looked back and was thus punished by being instantly transformed into a pillar of salt. I'm a PK (preacher's kid), so I know all these stories. Every time I see LoT, it makes me think of the story of Lot. Of course, I have no problem with it at all and in fact, I very much enjoy Bible stories in any manner, whether my company views them as mythology or fact. So, LoT it is!
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