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Old 05-13-2007, 12:38 PM
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Wherefore, Exapno Mapcase?


I want to know where some of these crazy Doper names came from. Obviously, in most cases, this thread will require a response from the member named. Please redirect me if this thread has been done before - couldn't find it. I am, after all, the Defective Detective.

Some names that I have always been curious about:

Exapno Mapcase
Quiddity Glumfuster
Bosda d'Chi of Tricor


I know my name may not seem so interesting, but it was supposed to be Selective Detective (two consecutive rhymes from a Billy Joel song that I like), but I had a brain-fart when I was signing up. So now instead of having a name that makes me seem careful and discriminating, I have a name that makes me look like an idiot. I probably deserve it, though I wish I could change it...

Okay, now you try it. Name some names that you would like to see explained. If your name comes up in this thread, please explain it for the rest of us, should you be so inclined.

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Old 05-13-2007, 12:45 PM
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Exapno Mapcase is something to do with the Marx brothers, but I cannae remember precisely the link.
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Old 05-13-2007, 12:50 PM
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I probably deserve it, though I wish I could change it...
You can, actually. Email an administrator.

As for Bosda d'Chi of Tricor, I seem to remember that it comes from one of those "What's your Star Wars name?" thingymajigs.
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Old 05-13-2007, 01:01 PM
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"Defective Detective", your name is also the title of a very enjoyable anthology of short stories -- all literary detective spoofs. Some are really hysterical. I thought you were a fan of the book.
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Old 05-13-2007, 01:02 PM
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Quiddity is a delicious word; it sounds nifty and means
1. the quality that makes a thing what it is; the essential nature of a thing.
(dictionary.com)
I thought it needed a surname so made one up that seemed to go with and sounded almost Don Martin-y.
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Old 05-13-2007, 01:05 PM
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Exapno Mapcase is something to do with the Marx brothers, but I cannae remember precisely the link.
I seem to recall it was Harpo Marx in Cyryllic or Russian (if there's a difference). Maybe even Greek, since there's a connection of sorts.

I agree with Bosda's name. Not long ago (within the past year) he had us try to guess his real name and it fell into the Star Wars name conventions, but damned if I can remember the original name. Might try searching on threads Bosda started.

No help on Quiddity. But I seem to recall there was an explanation.

Keywords to search for in thread titles: username, handle, screenname, etc.

ETA: I should have previewed!

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Old 05-13-2007, 02:00 PM
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Here's the Bosda thread if you want to plow through it: Bosda's Anagram. Guess my name.
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Old 05-13-2007, 02:31 PM
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Harpo Marx went to Russia for a comedy tour kind of thing, and Exapno Mapcase was the closest he could come to reading out the Cyrillic letters that say Harpo Marx. He started signing letters that way for fun, IIRC. I couldn't find a sample Cyrillic version online; I'll try to reproduce it in Word and post it.

Here we go: Xapno Mapc

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Old 05-13-2007, 02:35 PM
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I seem to recall it was Harpo Marx in Cyryllic or Russian
Correct. In 1933 or 1934, Harpo did a solo tour of Russia, as improbable as it seems, and the posters in Cyrillic looked something like,

XAPNO MAPCS

(Excuse my Pig Cyrillic, but it gives you the idea.)

Apparently, he was asked by our government to carry some papers over to our ambassador or some such, so the chapter about the episode in his memoir was titled, "Exapno Mapcase, Secret Agent".

I've always wondered about Qadgop the Mercotan. Wasn't that a character from some 1950s science fiction movie?

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Old 05-13-2007, 02:39 PM
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“Qadgop the Mercotan slithered flatly around the after-bulge of the tranship. One claw dug into the meters-thick armour of pure neutronium, then another. Its terrible xmex-like snout locked on. Its zymolosely polydactile tongue crunched out, crashed down, rasped across. Slurp! Slurp! …”
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Old 05-13-2007, 03:43 PM
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“Qadgop the Mercotan slithered flatly around the after-bulge of the tranship. One claw dug into the meters-thick armour of pure neutronium, then another. Its terrible xmex-like snout locked on. Its zymolosely polydactile tongue crunched out, crashed down, rasped across. Slurp! Slurp! …”
That was a long time ago. I don't do that stuff anymore.

Not often, anyway. And only when Cynthia (Mrs. Mercotan) is away visiting her mom.
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Old 05-13-2007, 03:54 PM
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Qadgop the Mercotan slithered flatly around the after-bulge of the tranship. One claw dug into the meters-thick armor of pure neutronium, then another. Its terrible xmex-like snout locked on. Its zymolosely polydactyl tongue crunched out, crashed down, rasped across. Slurp! Slurp! At each abrasive stroke the groove in the tranship's plating deepened and Qadgop leered more fiercely. Fools! Did they think that the airlessness of absolute space, the heatlessness of absolute zero, the yieldlessness of absolute neutronium could stop QADGOP THE MERCOTAN? And the stowaway, that human wench Cynthia, cowering in helpless terror just beyond this thin and fragile wall....

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Old 05-13-2007, 04:09 PM
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I know my name may not seem so interesting, but it was supposed to be Selective Detective (two consecutive rhymes from a Billy Joel song that I like), but I had a brain-fart when I was signing up. So now instead of having a name that makes me seem careful and discriminating, I have a name that makes me look like an idiot. I probably deserve it, though I wish I could change it...
I assumed that you were a fan of the television series Monk, because that's the phrase used by USA Networks to describe the character in some of the promos. And as someone said, email a mod if you wish to change it.
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Old 05-13-2007, 06:49 PM
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This thread has many explanations.
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Old 05-13-2007, 06:57 PM
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Oh, and I quite like the name Defective Detective. I totally think you should keep it.
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Old 05-13-2007, 08:26 PM
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Correct. In 1933 or 1934, Harpo did a solo tour of Russia, as improbable as it seems, and the posters in Cyrillic looked something like
XAPNO MAPCS

The Russian 'kh' looks like an X, the 'r' looks like a 'p' and the 'p' looks like an 'n'. Here's the Cyrillic alphabet
Harpo Marx would have looked more like XAPNO MAPKC since the 'K' is the same in both languages but the 's' looks like 'c' (hence CCCP - Сою́з Сове́тских Социалисти́ческих Респу́блик, tr.: Soyuz Sovetskikh Sotsialisticheskikh Respublik, SSSR)(translation & Cyrillic from Wiki) Or Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.
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Old 05-13-2007, 10:59 PM
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a vote for keeping Defective Detective. A lot cooler than Selective Detective.
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Old 05-14-2007, 12:29 AM
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Oh, and I quite like the name Defective Detective. I totally think you should keep it.
Thanks! That's four votes already. I guess I will keep it!
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Old 05-14-2007, 02:11 AM
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XAPNO MAPCS

Harpo Marx would have looked more like XAPNO MAPKC
<nitpick>

ХАРПО МАРКС.

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Old 05-14-2007, 02:21 AM
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Harpo Marx would have looked more like XAPNO MAPKC since the 'K' is the same in both languages but the 's' looks like 'c' (hence CCCP - Сою́з Сове́тских Социалисти́ческих Респу́блик, tr.: Soyuz Sovetskikh Sotsialisticheskikh Respublik, SSSR)(translation & Cyrillic from Wiki) Or Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.
I don't know how many people will be able to render Cyrillic properly in their browser, but the way I would write Harpo Marx in Russian is:

"ХАРПО МАРКС"

You can see how if you try to read it in English it naturally comes out as "Ex"-"Ap"-"No" "Map"-"KC" (Like Casey) -- Exapno Mapcase

Edit: That teaches me not to refresh.

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Old 05-14-2007, 01:35 PM
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On this page is a thumbnail of the Russian paper where Harpo's name was the headline:

http://posting.triggerstreet.com/gyr...oid=oid%3A3565
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On this page is a thumbnail of the Russian paper where Harpo's name was the headline:

http://posting.triggerstreet.com/gyr...oid=oid%3A3565
Yay. What do I win?
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That was a long time ago. I don't do that stuff anymore.

Not often, anyway. And only when Cynthia (Mrs. Mercotan) is away visiting her mom.
But do you still have a polydactyl tongue?
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But do you still have a polydactyl tongue?
You bet!
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Old 05-14-2007, 06:14 PM
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Qadgop the Mercotan slithered flatly around the after-bulge of the tranship. One claw dug into the meters-thick armor of pure neutronium, then another. Its terrible xmex-like snout locked on. Its zymolosely polydactyl tongue crunched out, crashed down, rasped across. Slurp! Slurp! At each abrasive stroke the groove in the tranship's plating deepened and Qadgop leered more fiercely. Fools! Did they think that the airlessness of absolute space, the heatlessness of absolute zero, the yieldlessness of absolute neutronium could stop QADGOP THE MERCOTAN? And the stowaway, that human wench Cynthia, cowering in helpless terror just beyond this thin and fragile wall....
For those still wondering, this is a quote from one of the "Lensmen" series by E. E. "Doc" Smith. The story's lead character, Kimball Kinnison, was traveling in the guise of a writer of "Space Opera" type stories. The quote comes from the story he was writing to keep up his cover.

Rather subtle, you see. A fictional character in a story, pretending to be someone else, writes a story about a fictional character: Qadgop the Mercotan. All clear?

I'm waiting for the "Fictional Characters created by Fictional Characters" thread.
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Old 05-14-2007, 11:33 PM
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Wow. I don't often do vanity searches, because nothing ever comes up. But this time I hit the jackpot!

As everyone correctly says, I took the name from Harpo Marx. The poster is reproduced in his autobiography, Harpo Speaks. The name/phrase/whatever has always stuck in my head and I thought it would be unique and memorable as an online alias. Besides, it signals I'm a Marx Brothers fan and people always let me know if a thread breaks out.

And it's kinda cool in a post-modern sort of way that just like the original Harpo, you can't hear my voice but you know exactly what I'm thinking.

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"Defective Detective", your name is also the title of a very enjoyable anthology of short stories -- all literary detective spoofs. Some are really hysterical. I thought you were a fan of the book.
I'm a big fan of the book. Dumb cover, though.
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But do you still have a polydactyl tongue?
Can't resist referencing the xmex-like snout and a zymolosely polydactile tongue thread. Even tho' I did start it myself.
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Old 05-15-2007, 02:35 PM
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Another vote for you to keep your current username, Defective Detective. But if you decide to change it, I think you'll find the mods are very helpful. They were to me - I started here with another username, and changed it after about a year.
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Old 05-15-2007, 04:43 PM
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Harpo Marx went to Russia for a comedy tour kind of thing, and Exapno Mapcase was the closest he could come to reading out the Cyrillic letters that say Harpo Marx. He started signing letters that way for fun, IIRC. I couldn't find a sample Cyrillic version online; I'll try to reproduce it in Word and post it.
The Symbol font comes close.
Harpo Marx
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