Word of the day: Pseudonymous
I came across “Pseudonymous” in a listing on Publisher’s Marketplace this morning. So I looked it up.
It means, “writing under a false name”.
At first I thought, well, duh. All the cool kids are doin’ it. No biggie. But then I looked further. According to Wikipedia, we pseudonymous authors are in interesting company:
Pseudonyms are most usually adopted to hide an individual’s real identity, as with writers’ pen names, graffiti artists’ tags, resistance fighters’ or terrorists’ noms de guerre, and computer hackers‘ handles.
In some cases, pseudonyms are adopted because they are part of a cultural or organizational tradition: for example devotional names used by members of some religious institutes, and “cadre names” used by Communist party leaders such as Trotsky and Lenin.
And then I had to go look up “Bourbaki”. You can, too. ;-D