Grawlixes, Domains and Surnames

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The very first domain I ever bought was grawlixe.com. Way back when, during the college days of yore I bought the domain on-sale for something like $12.99 a year at Network Solutions.

A grawlix (without the letter e on the end), is something much cooler than my personal website. It’s a collection of typographic symbols that represent cursing, or profanities. A quick google search reveals that go by other names as well in the comic book netherworld, such as jarns, nittles, and obscenicons. Fucking fantastic words, if you ask me.

In fact, if you do know me — you probably know by now that I curse a lot. It’s not an overwhelming amount mind you, but I’ve been told on occasion (and I suppose you’re right), I curse a bit too frequently. I bite my tongue wherever possible IRL, but online? No fucking way! 🙃

So, naturally I had to buy grawlixe.com even if it wasn’t the correct spelling. I just thought it looked cool, and gave me something memorable to chat over my portfolio in job interviews. Over time, I have acquired a number of absolutely ridiculous domains such as happydognews.com and remoterangers.com. Others were a bit more utilitarian or pipe-dream ventures. I’m 100% certain that most of the readers of this blog share the same strange enthusiasm for buying weird domains that have little to no use years later.

Anyways, for the longest stretch of time, about 4 years now until yesterday — smpetrey.com was my domain. It still is in my possession, but recently had the opportunity to snag the super-short and easy-to-spell petrey.co. I decided, it was high-time to retire the old, and migrate to something a bit more — shall we say, slimming for the modern web. Luckily, my blog and site is powered by WordPress, and setting up pointing via DNS and redirects server-side were a breeze.

You see, Petrey is my surname (we call surnames, “last names” in The States). It’s pronounced PECH-ree (if you were even wondering). But nearly everyone pronounces it PEE-tree. Yes, like the damn pterodactyl from Land Before Time. It’s not a huge ordeal for me now, but in my elementary years it was traumatic for me. My father claims that the progeny of the name is likely Russian or Polish descendants who likely Anglicised. But, who really knows. The fear that someone was going to mispronounce my last name during school orientation or at soccer practice as a kid was awful. Now, not so much. I’ve gotten over it despite the pains of memory — but hey! So far, I’m really enjoying this .co TLD! The cognitive dissonance I have toward my last name is slowly vanishing.

Not really sure why I even wrote this #$&*!@# post.

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