The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #55491   Message #866606
Posted By: The Pooka
14-Jan-03 - 08:40 AM
Thread Name: BS: How did you choose your mudcat name?
Subject: RE: BS: How did you choose your mudcat name?
At first I wanted to be "The Mole" or some variant (not to say deviant)(I *told* you not to say deviant) thereof -- a persistent nickname given by my friends in college (both of them) who marvelled at my sunny disposition, social skills and intellectual farsightedness, not to mention my star-shaped nose. (I *told* you not to mention nyaah nevermind.) However -- seriously for once now -- I abandoned that out of respect for the memory of the then-recently-deceased, universally-beloved, LR Mole. A guy like that, you just retire his jersey number. So then I picked this foreshortening of The Pooka Fergus MacPhellimey, a character of the great Flann O'Brien/Myles na gCopaleen, whose writing I admire and shamelessly plagiarize. I would have used the whole name but that might have seemed a bit ostentatious. :) Invisible sixfoot rabbits had nothing to do with it but sometimes I steal that image too, what the Hell. I have seen "pooka" defined as "a mischievous Irish devil". Well what in the Divil comes over ye all nyaah nevermind. (And another thing: we once had a Himalayan cat named The Pooka *Furball* MacPhellimey, whom my wife wrote in for a local office at an election & then demanded that the officials illegally reopen the voting machine in order to correct their failure to report her frivolous vote -- which they did. Anything else ya wanna know? Don't answer that.)