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Why French Pony?

Dot wants to know. . . I can't imagine why anyone else would, though.

Write a little paragraph about your name, why you chose it, what it means to you, etc.

Back in college, I got my first e-mail account, which was on a VAX. You could change the settings so that messages you sent appeared under any name you wanted. After letting it go with my real name for a while, I decided to liven things up, and I chose French Pony. The name is derived from Laura Ingalls Wilder. In her books, she describes herself (apparently based on Pa's words) as being as round and as strong as a little French horse. I liked the description because of the way she used it to express very different feelings about herself as she grew up. It also pretty much described me. "Little French Horse" is an awkward name, so it became French Pony.

After a while, I started using a different name, and I kept that one for a couple of years. But then I reverted to French Pony, because it's easier to spell and remember than the other one was.

What would you change your name to, if you were changing it?

I like French Pony, and I don't see any real need to change it. If I did. . . I don't know. Perhaps Ethnobabe. But it just doesn't have the same potential.

What is your favorite username? Why?

French Pony. There are lots of possibilities for address, variation, nicknames, that sort of thing.

Now, tag five other unfortunates whose usernames you would like to hear about.

We have a saying 'round here. . . three strikes and you're out.


Apr. 12th, 2006 09:43 pm (UTC)
I knew when you listed Laura Ingalls Wilder in your interests that French Pony likely came from 'strong as a little French horse' - which made me wonder how many french horses they had in Wisconsin/Minnesota/the Dakotas anyway.

I like FP..easy to abbreviate and easy to refer to your family members.
Apr. 12th, 2006 11:46 pm (UTC)
"Strong as a French horse" is an expression that's been around for a while, especially in New England. Pa was born in Cuba, New York, so he might have heard it there.


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