Today’s prompt is “How did you get the name that you regularly go by online, and what if anything does it mean?” presented by Magiwastaken of Indietale.
SDWeasel is a curious inside joke that I chose to embrace. First and foremost, SD are my initials. They were included because such a simple noun as Weasel would not be easy to grab as a consistent screen name. I don’t really recall what the first service I used it for was.
The Weasel portion is a work story. At the time, I worked with 6 or 7 other people. As tends to be the case in manufacturing, one of us had the task of releasing a part from a rack into the hands of whoever had it, who walked a couple meters and hung it on a different rack going somewhere else. We walked in a circle doing this all day. Needless to say, this gets old.
Our primary forms of entertainment were talking to each other and engaging in much frowned-upon horseplay. After perhaps one too many instances of this, I was offered a choice of nickname: Weasel or Stumble-ina.
I’ve never been super clear on what inspired it, though the last one is probably the more obvious. I am not the most sure-footed individual, though I tend to recover fairly well. As for weasel, I never really asked. Maybe I smelled funny, maybe I was too mischievous, maybe both. Regardless, I made what seemed like an obvious choice and decided I liked it enough to continue using it.
Outside of a few odd references, such as Weird Al’s song Weasel Stomping Day, it was rarely brought up. If referred to by nickname I was more typically called (the) Pagan. Certainly an accurate assessment at the time.
That’s all there really is to it. No epic backstory or anything, just a random short-lived joke that’s persisted in username only.
Y’all take care, or else.