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Favourite Nicknames (I gave myself and forced everybody to use them)


In response to a fellow blogger's entry; Technobabe, I'd like to discuss about my odyssey to find the perfect nickname :)     


Nobody gave me a proper nickname when I was younger. This might sound sad. Either I was an unlovable child or I had a very boring social life. But I beg to differ :) you know how vicious children can be, the nicknames they gave were not usually flattering. And I have WAYS (cruel and unusual, even for a kid) to make them lose interest to pin me with any unsavory nicknames.


And during my university years, I took up the name 'Strider' after Aragorn's nickname in 'Lord of the Rings; The Fellowship of the Ring'. I love the book and I did walk a lot those days, in my high-cut basketball shoes. :) Walking was actually a hobby. Sometimes I walked back to the dorms so late at night (usually after a midnight show) and the security guards would call me the 'boy-who-walked-back-so-damn late-why-don't-you-get-yourself-a-bike-like-other-normal-people-you-git.'  


The nick 'ion' stuck to me when a fellow student-teacher said I was so volatile, easily moved by things that interests me (Ions - charged particles, positive or negative). I put the nick 'ion-strider' in the first blog I ever had a long time ago (this is my second).


The recent nick SHADOWTHORNE (not -THRONE, as I have no interest to be a furniture!) manifested after I read the very excellent 'The Dragonbone Chair' by Tad Williams. I like dim and dark places, ergo SHADOW [Really, I don't kid you. I have all the dark tinted windows of the lab closed before teaching. The kids study with me in low light, because the teacher doesn't like bright places. And yes, I don't even bother to switch on the lights too]. And I was usually a THORN at somebody's side / back / bum / heart / sole. I have more female friends than males, so the saying 'the thorn among the roses' is always thrown at me.


Ironically, the meaning of my Arabic name is the exact opposite of my chosen nickname. Shows that sometimes the labeling of every item is not always correct :)  

18 comments:

Aizan Suhaira said...

I like my given name(s).

TechnoBabe said...

I am smiling, you are great no matter what name we call you.

Shadowthorne @ Ramzu Zahini said...

Aizan; You know the nick name I gave you is Princess of Doom right? :)

Shadowthorne @ Ramzu Zahini said...

TechnoBabe; Yay for individuality!! :)

Spencer L Casey said...

I like Shadowthorne. Sounds like a warrior of some kind. Dark, but ultimately up for a battle against the darkest evil.

Strider was one of my favs.

Cheers,

SLC

maximus alexius said...

wah....the sequence name of dark soldier..

from strider until laying ur ass on your shadowthrone..it says u r geeting older my fren :)

what is my nickname eh?

Vyazz said...

Ooops....I've been calling you shadowthrone and not shadowthorne all this time. Correction duly noted!! :)
As for my nicknames go...since my name is pretty short people just add suffixes to it.
Like my parents call me vyachoo, my friends vyasa, and some of my pro ruski buddies, vyaska!!!

Shadowthorne @ Ramzu Zahini said...

SLC; Currently reading David Gemmel's 'Hero in the Shadows' :)

Shadowthorne @ Ramzu Zahini said...

maximus; Your nick name is Sailor Bubu of Chibi Moon!!!

Shadowthorne @ Ramzu Zahini said...

Vyazz; Vyaska is pretty cool :) You have a name with a 'V'

Vote V for VOGUE! :)

Rock Chef said...

I wondered where you got the name - I like it!

Shadowthorne @ Ramzu Zahini said...

Rock Chef; Inspired by the baddie in a book :)

Tenchi said...

what nick name u will give me?

Shadowthorne @ Ramzu Zahini said...

Tenchi; The Great Dietitian of the North!!

Tenchi said...

so lame...

Shadowthorne @ Ramzu Zahini said...

Tenchi; ha ha ha ha! Go get urself one bro. :)

et said...

I have a close friend who crafts pretty creative nicknames for himself and popularize it among the college, by Himself!
Your nickname Shadowthorne was the one thing that pulled me to this blog for the very first time :)
And the shorthand 'shadow' is also cool.

As for me, everyone now calls me nothing other than 'et'. o_o

Shadowthorne @ Ramzu Zahini said...

et; I like your nick too. It's short and very memorable, because it suits the E.T. in you :) (extra terrestrial)

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