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I am not a man. Or maybe I am.
Coat!Booth Looking up - lerdo
*scratches head*  Why do people think I'm a man?  Does my username just sound masculine?  This has happened a couple times now, and it's weird and funny.      

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I totally just defended your honor lol to some idiot.

that was me! and it was a mistake! ps, I'm not an idiot :p

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I read this and it suddenly occurred to me just how few people I know in fandom who's names end on the masculine "-o." So perhaps that's it?

I do think that's it. :) You're brilliant. I hate my username, but I haven't changed it because it's what people know me by, and changing just seems like a pain in the butt. Someone once told me lerdo means slow and stupid in Spanish. :D Perhaps it's time for a change.

LOL, this is funny but I feel bad, aww!

Funny story - especially if you're Setje and you're reading this: I thought she was a man at first hahaha. It was the name that threw me off. Sorry Setje! I hope this didn't offend you lol. I figured it out very soon after :P

In your case, I also think it could be the username too, just because ending in "o" in some languages usually indicates the masculine tense. Although all evidence suggests otherwise(aka profile, lj, etc.), unless you are a very very girly man (but I know that's not the case lol). But keep your username! I like lerdo!

Who thought you were a guy?? Was this in an lj comment??

Don't question your femininity, L. You're an amazing WOman, hee! :)

P.S. I hope all is well! I'm loving your new drabble series! I've caught up with all of your writing!! I am very impressed. I also feel that you have become more amazing at writing with every new story/drabble you post! Keep up the amazing job. I'm behind you all the way ♥


P.S. I may e-mail you soon! I miss exchanging e-mails. I know time is short for everyone, but even delayed replies are fine by me! I just like to keep in touch :)

Thanks, sweetie. It is funny. Don't feel bad; I just couldn't figure out what was causing people to reach that conclusion despite evidence to the contrary. But LJ is filled with smart people like you, who saw the answer when I didn't. I think it is the "o" that's doing it.

unless you are a very very girly man

I AM a girly man! (Said in best Arnold Schwarzenegger voice.) *g*

Who thought you were a guy?? Was this in an lj comment??

The most recent instance was at boothandbrennan, but it's happened elsewhere before. Someone had asked for fanfic recs, and my name was mentioned. I was referred to as a he. I could have just jumped in and said I was a woman, but I felt weird about doing that because someone was talking ABOUT me, not TO me. I know LJ is in many ways a public place, but it felt like kind of a private discussion. I don't know if that makes any sense. I had just read this post, and it got me thinking. Not that I'm remotely important in any fandom; I just didn't want to intrude. But I was still puzzled as to why people keep deciding I'm a man, so I went ahead and posted the question here.

Keep up the amazing job. I'm behind you all the way ♥

*hugs* Thank you, Katie. That means a lot.

Email me whenever you want; I am sometimes often behind on replies, but I promise it's never personal. I read everything, and I WILL respond, even if it takes me a while. Many, many hugs to you. You have to do what's best for you, but I am always happy to see your name pop up on LJ. :) I've always admired your candor, and there's a sweetness to your personality that comes through in your posts.

I totally get how you feel. The same thing happened to me.

I think, for some folks, if the name ends in "o" it denotes masculinity. [kicks them for you.]

A LOT of folks think "makd" is a guy. When I first started using it, I just grabbed at my initials; it was handy and easy, and hard for me to forget. However, I knew something was up when folks started to make comments that indicated that they thought I was a guy. [scratches head.] IMO, I think folks think it's "markd", not "makd".

heheh I'm sssoooo sorry! I called you a man today, someone asked about good Bons fanficts and I told them you were the best, but I called you a "he" :[ sorry babe!
my name is Sarah, is Lerdo your real name? xxxx

Sarah, it's ok. :) No need to apologize. Honestly, I find it rather amusing. This has happened a bunch of times, and I was just confused because my profile states I'm female, plus I do a fair amount of squeeing about Bones (and DB), etc. Which doesn't mean I couldn't be a gay or bi man, but I think there are things in my LJ and writing that hint otherwise.

I don't think you're an idiot. I figured I might be missing something, though, so I posted the question. And I think people are right; "o" at the end of a name does denote masculinity in many languages. Perhaps that's what leads some folks to conclude I'm a man.

my name is Sarah, is Lerdo your real name?

*grins* Most definitely not! It comes from an old Star Wars movie my brother and I watched a million times when we were kids. In it, one of the Ewoks sounds like it's saying "Lerdo." I don't know why, but I picked that as my net screenname. I have since been informed that lerdo means "slow and stupid" in Spanish. LOL Ah, well.

My real name is somewhat uncommon, and I am a bit paranoid about privacy issues when it comes to the Internet. That's why you won't find it anywhere in my LJ or at FF.net. Sometimes I'll share it with people if we email or IM, but that's it. I'm uncomfortable with it just sitting on my journal, where the whole world can effectively see it.

Again, no apology necessary, and I do not think you're an idiot. :)

I realised when I read this entry that I tend to assume all ff writers are female, so someone mistaking you for a guy is even more amusing to me :)

Exactly! I'm making a sweeping generalization here, but I think more women than men post fanfiction--at least in the Bones fandom. (And elsewhere, I suspect.)

Heh... On my website I have my middle name and when I meet clients, they still seem to think a man is coming to train their dogs.

Must think Cesear Milan is taking a day out of his very important and busy schedule (tongue firmly implanted in cheek for that line) to come help them.

*g* Then they must be surprised when they actually meet you.

Maybe you're just very confused about your gender?

I seriously don't ever think that I've thought of anyone in fandom as a 'he'... nor (that I remember) have I met a guy fic writer. That's really funny though! ;) and BTW, I like lerdo. And hey! as long as you don't use Spanish on a daily basis...

Lol. Yep. It's the username. Sounds masculine. And also all the DB icons can't really help. I know, logically, that a girl would have a whole bunch of sexy man icons (or a gay guy, true) but it's just the SUGGESTION, having the pics close to your username.

I know I'm late, but I just came back home. ;)

I agree with the 'o' ending thing, and knowing -of course its meaning in Spanish, I've always thought that it would have any other meaning in another language, so it didn't seem too strange for me. I like it, in case it helps on deciding whether changing it or not. ;)

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