Epigone is glad PZ isnt gone

Ive gotten some fun nicknames from people on the internet.

You all have heard the ‘PZs pitbull’ one.

But my favorite nickname EVER I got on the SciBlogs back-channel: ‘PZs epigone

It was meant as an insult, but I really like ‘epigone’. I pronounce it ‘eh-pee-go-nay’ in my head, like I pronounce ‘paradigm’ ‘pair-uh-dig-um’ or ‘autophagy’ ‘auto-fay-gee’. So I read these words and laugh really hard. I also laugh really hard when I hear these words used in real life, because no matter how someone pronounces it, my brain screams ‘PAIR-UH-DIG-UM-AAAAHAHAHAHAHA!’ I barely made it though a journal club where the presenter kept pronouncing ‘autophagy’ ‘auto-fay-gee’. Im weird, you know this, dont act surprised.

I like the meaning of the word, too. Im happy being an ehpeegonay. I dont want to be the gonay. Im so glad PZ is okay and isnt forcing me into gonayness, like Obi-Wan dying on Luke Skywalker. That would have really been a dick move. Plus, I dont think the US government would let me be PZs replacement. They think my mutant army of viruses is ‘cute’ because Im using it to figure out an HIV-1 vaccine. It would be harder for me to justify a mutant army of octopi šŸ™

Thank you for not dying, PZ, and thank you so much for your undying support, too.

On a more humorous note: Hey, you guys remember this post? PZ Myers = Death hehehehehehehehe!


  1. #1 Elipson
    August 26, 2010

    +50 cool points for the Terry Pratchett ref!

  2. #2 Rorschach
    August 26, 2010

    I can haz celebrity deathmatch between PZ’s epigone and Darwin’s rottweiler ?
    And I remember thinking back then that hippie pic of PZ was hilarious….

  3. #3 J-Dog
    August 26, 2010

    Your Welcome! (And remember to give Arnie a special treat -I think he might have had something to do with you being PZ’s Pit Bull!)

    And yeah, it’s a good thing the Bearded One is hanging around. And also yeah, your Small Squigglies just might prove to be WAY more important long term to us than tenacles. But don’t tell PZ until he’s fully recovered.

  4. #4 Sili
    August 26, 2010

    Iono. I think you’re more of a -tome than a -gone.

  5. #5 Tezcatlipoca
    August 26, 2010

    Argh! All this learnin’ stuff. I had to look up the pronunciations of both autophagy and epigone. Your pronunciation of epigone is waaay cooler. It makes you sound like you’re one of PZ’s furies or muses or some such.

  6. #6 Cain
    August 26, 2010

    I hope the back channel backbiters don’t think “epigone” is an insult. As clumsy and uncreative as it is as a jab, it would also be an awesome place for erv to be. Never more than a knife in the dark from being the boss.

  7. #7 Jerry Coyne
    August 26, 2010

    I still have trouble with the word “pigeon.” Sometimes I’ll see it and not know what it means, because the pronounciation “pigg’-ee-awn” goes through my head.

  8. #8 p
    August 26, 2010


    Too much time with classics.

    Every time I see Penelope I hear Peen-O-lopee in my head.

    I’m glad PZ is OK too.

  9. #9 fnxtr
    August 27, 2010


    Yeah, and “misled” is the past tense of “to misle”.

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