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ten invented, post-hoc reasons for choosing my name, and the truth. (thread) 

5. The mél- Proto-Indo-European etymon is interesting af. Not only it gives mel, mead etc. in Europe but it went all the way to Tocharian in China and from there becomes Chinese 蜜 *mit > Japanese mitsu. It helps us pinpoint the Urheimat of PIE, because we can narrow it down to areas with bees; the same kind of linguistic detective work I do in my Jap. research.

6. Robert Graves’ old-fashioned theory on King Melisseus being really a front for Mother Melissa the Queen-Bee, who killed the male.

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7. The name codes as unapologetically hyperfeminine in my culture.

8. It always brings to mind my favourite Latin word, mellifflua: she who speaks fluently, as if honey flowed from her lips. As a lifelong linguist, I feel perpetually inadequate in all the languages and dialects I wish I was fluent. Similarly, I may never be fully fluent in the ‘language’ of socially acceptable femininity. Claiming mellifluousness equals asserting my femininity is valid.

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9. I used to love honey and mead before going vegan.
10. Bees as a metaphor for socialism.

And now for the truth:

11. I played Q-Bee in Darkstalkers

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the actual truth: 

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the actual truth (2/3): 

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the actual truth (3/3): 

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the actual truth (3/3): 

@elilla I have a similarly trivial reason, with made-up grandiose-sounding reasons, for the name for me that was a short-term in-joke for me and a partner but which I still think about a lot. Maybe it'll get out into the world one day.

@error_1202 too much of a language nerd, I can’t ever turn it off :3

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