Dear Ladies & Gentlemen,
I humbly start yet another yarn of comments and opinions, but this time on the topic of words. In addition to priding ourselves on the things we make and the fashions we sport, there are many in this growing community who pride themselves on their mastery of language. It is in this spirit that I propose that we share with each other some delightful words that are most applicable to our somewhat pretentious, but oh so amusing, needs.
I begin the thread with the word Sobriquet. Despite various succinct definitions available on the aetherwaves, I found this rather verbose definition on the infamous Wikipedia to be most satisfying:
"A sobriquet is a nickname or a fancy name, usually a familiar name given by others as distinct from a pseudonym assumed as a disguise, but a nickname which is familiar enough such that it can be used in place of a real name without the need of explanation. This salient characteristic is of sufficient familiarity that the sobriquet can become more familiar than the original name."
What a wonderful word to express our common inclination for renaming oneself (I prefer to ignore the part about the nickname being given rather than assumed). Incidentally it is pronounced: \ˈsō-bri-ˌkā, -ˌket, ˌsō-bri-ˈ\