Je m'appelle Ignorminious

Posted on Sunday 12th November 2006 at 00:00
?So what does Ignorminious actually mean?? asks someone whose just been given my email address. It is a question I hear quite a lot, from readers of my blog to friends and family confused by my contact details. In fact, pretty much anyone and everyone who's ever heard the word used or seen it written down has asked. Some even ask twice.

'Nothing, it's just an alias? I reply, not wanting to get drawn into having to explain in detail how it came about. Like pretty much all names that stick, it was not the result of clever planning or a play on words. I didn't spend hours pondering over it, drawing up a short list of names and then running them by my friends to see which one worked best. It was in fact a complete and utter blunder on my part. One of those fantastic accidents that makes everyone else think you are clever and original, whilst all the while you are kicking yourself inside for being such an utter twat bag as to make the mistake in the first place.

Back in the early days of 2003, nearly 4 years ago now I guess, I was looking around for website ideas. I'd build a website or two for myself over the previous years and had quickly out grown everything I created, as my ability and tastes were both refined. I wanted to start a new website and I wanted a name for it. Something new and original that could be used both as the title and in the email address.

I was discussing this with a friend of mine over MSN and, being the clever clogs that she is, she suggested ignominious. Note well the lack of an 'r? between the o and the m. This is actually a dictionary word and is defined by as follows:


adj : (used of conduct or character) deserving or bringing disgrace or shame; "Man...has written one of his blackest records as a destroyer on the oceanic islands"- Rachel Carson; "an ignominious retreat"; "inglorious defeat"; "an opprobrious monument to human greed"; "a shameful display of cowardice" [syn: black, disgraceful, inglorious, opprobrious, shameful]

She chose this word because she said it described me rather well, and oddly enough, at the time I agreed with her. Sadly for me, it was rather a long word and very difficult to spell. When I first began using it in my website, I would copy and paste it from place to place to avoid any typos. After a while though, this became incredibly tiresome and totally impractical of course, so I started typing it how I thought it was. Luckily for me I was only one letter out it seems and was therefore able to turn an obscure and rather negative word into an alias without anyone noticing. So far, I've done fairly well out of it, but over the years I've often worried that if the site were ever to become popular there would be quite a few people out there slating me for my bad spelling. Still, I have my reasons for not changing it, and I stick by them.

When I left 6th form I partook of the traditional year book signing and at the end of the message I received from the friend who had originally suggested ignominious to me, there was the following sentence:

Don't be ignominious, be ignoRminious: uniquely you!

So that, dear reader, is the story of hour your humble narrator went from being Mark to Ignorminious. Since then it has become pretty much my standard username for every website I've ever visited (and there have been a fair few of them) and I think the hassle of changing to something else would just be silly now. In case you were wondering about the Misty Mind, although I've never used it as a title before, it has long been a metaphor that I've used to describe my mental state. When I'm down the mist becomes a thick fog, obscuring reason and optimism from my mind's eye. When I'm happy it becomes fluffy white clouds. Other times it varies, but it is always and will always be the strange, swirling mist of thoughts and feelings that make me who I am.

My name is Ignorminious, how do you do?

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