If you’re wondering why I choose to run with the pseudonym “uxintro” on the net, I’ll give you the quick explanation:
- When I first joined an online bulletin board (1995, before internet access was readily available), I had just read a book called Saxon Tapestry and it had a character in it called Wynter. I stole his name as my handle.
- When got on the net and started joining groups I kept the username as much as possible.
- I hit a snag when GeoCities (where I could manage wynter1) was bought out by Yahoo! and I had to settle for wynter0. It was just starting to get depressing being one of 50,000 wynters!
- I’m a dabbler in Esperanto and I decided to transliterate the word. I could have translated it… winter in English is vintro in Esperanto, but instead I changed it to uxintro. Now there is no “w” in the Esperanto alphabet, but the letter “wo” (actually written as a “u” with a breve above it) sounds the same. When using plain ASCII, Esperantists type it as “uh”, “u^” or (my preference) “ux”. So I’ve changed “w” to “ux”, put the “i” back in as in the real word (rather than the name), and added the “o” to the end like all Esperanto nouns.
- So now I am uxintro and a google search doesn’t get anyone else except for me!
Aren’t you glad you asked?