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Because so many of you are bored on a Monday morning...

How utterly annoying! You can't make an lj-cut in the middle of a poll - I'd wanted to do it after the first question, so people would have some idea what the poll's about.

Most of these questions are "choose one from the above", the other is "check all that apply". I've tried to cover all the options I can think of - if you want to say more, please continue in comments!
Poll #67529 Tell me the story of your livejournal username.

Did you get the livejournal username you wanted?

Yes - I got here nice and early :)
16(37.2%)
Yes - I only joined recently, but I was lucky.
12(27.9%)
Yes - my LJ name is a made-up word that no one else would think to use.
8(18.6%)
No - I had to add a number to the end of my preferred name.
2(4.7%)
No - I had to hastily think of something else.
5(11.6%)

What does your LJ nickname mean?

It's the name I always use for logins.
3(7.1%)
It's a long-standing nickname.
3(7.1%)
It's based on my real name or initials.
10(23.8%)
It's a word I made up especially for the purpose.
2(4.8%)
It's a word which means something important to me.
2(4.8%)
It's a joke between friends.
1(2.4%)
It's a real word in another language.
1(2.4%)
It's the name of the street I first lived in, plus the name of the first pet I ever had...
0(0.0%)

Would you be happy for someone to shout your LJ username at you in the street?

Of course!
19(42.2%)
Not sure - it would depend who it was.
12(26.7%)
Maybe, maybe not - depending on my mood.
11(24.4%)
Definitely not! I'd be SO embarrassed!
3(6.7%)

If you have a number in your name, what does it mean?

My date/year of birth.
1(2.4%)
Another date that's important to me.
0(0.0%)
The number of kids/pets/partners I have.
0(0.0%)
The address of a house I have lived in.
0(0.0%)
A combination of the above.
0(0.0%)
All of the above!
0(0.0%)
It doesn't mean anything.
1(2.4%)
There is no number in my username.
40(95.2%)

Do you ever wish you could change your LJ username?

Yes - a lot or all of the time.
2(4.4%)
Sometimes - when I'm in a particular mood.
8(17.8%)
No - why should I want to?
35(77.8%)



Something random I thought of while compiling this poll (and yes, this is the random triviality I promised on Friday) - in American English, the word "check" is used as a verb to mean "make a cross in the box that applies". (In the UK, we usually tick boxes, not cross them - and I don't think "check" is used in this context - except by Brits like me who have been exposed to US culture too much on the internet). Also in American English, the game that we call "draughts" is called "checkers". In this game, you move circular discs around a board with a grid-pattern of boxes. Now, how come when you "check" a box, you put a cross in it, but when you play "checkers" you put a circle in it?

Yes, I said it was trivial.
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