September 23, 2002
Classical Names

For better or worse, further polemics will not appear until tomorrow at the earliest -- too many quizzes to grade tonight. There are important issues at stake, and I want to get them just right.

In the mean time, I have a little something to say about a comment Andrea Harris made about 'Hesiod' on DailyPundit:

Should I start using the pseudonym Homer Odyssey? I wanna get in on this fake-Greek-name thing. It's so rad.

That reminded me of something I'd almost forgotten. In 1985, two of my coworkers at a computer firm in northern Virginia decided that we all needed fake classical names and started assigning them to everyone in the office. The only ones I remember now are their own, which they came up with first, and which were the only really witty ones: Cliticus and Testicules (4 syllables: 'tess-TICK-yu-leez'). Perhaps I should add that I had no role in starting or encouraging their little game, though the two knew I had studied classics in school and that may have helped give them the idea.

Posted by Dr. Weevil at September 23, 2002 10:42 PM

Well, based on your earlier post I think she should call herself Homer Odyssoy instead.

Posted by: Dave on September 24, 2002 12:49 PM