Monday, December 12, 2011
How'd you get that Twitter Name?
Time for an Explanation
"Why do you use ciaobellacreech as your Twitter screen name?"
It sounds a bit vain, doesn't it? (Translation = 'Hello, beautiful Creech.' But wait! I have an explanation.
When I signed up for Twitter and was asked to provide a screen name, I chose, simply, my own name, Sharon Creech, but was promptly informed that that was already taken. What? Really? (Turns out there are several Sharon and Sherri Creeches around.)
I had just returned from a year in southern Switzerland, where the language is Italian, and every day when I walked through the local village, people would call out (to me and to other girls and women), "Ciao, bella!"
Ciao, bella! Ciao, bella! Ciao, bella! Such a cheery refrain bouncing off the mountainsides.
And so, when Twitter told me I couldn't use my own name, the first thing that popped into my head was 'Ciao, bella!'
I've since learned that Ciao Bella is also a lingerie chain . . . and somewhere I saw it as the name of an ice cream shop.
So. There you go.