A part of me getting my ducks in a row for 2019 has been a bittersweet change: getting rid of my rapidly ageing username, “hankchizljaw”. Although using “hankchizljaw” as my username for everything has brought me many benefits, it’s also a bit daft, so now, it’ll be “andybelldesign”.
How did “hankchizljaw” come about?
Ok, it’s time. I’ve been promising I’d tell the incredibly underwhelming story about why I had such a ridiculous username for ages now, so it’d be rude to put it to bed without sharing its origin.
Years ago, I used to use the term “Hank Chisel Jaw” to describe a certain type of steely, “tough guy”—mostly on TV. David Caruso’s meme-worthy character, Horatio Caine was often to victim of this label. I used to say “Hank Chisel Jaw” a lot because CSI: Miami found its way on our TV a lot at the time.
Along came a situation where I had to come up with an Xbox Live username for Halo and I decided that Master Chief was also a “Hank Chisel Jaw”, so that’s what I settled on. The problem was, I forgot how to spell “chisel” correctly at that particular moment and in the pre-smartphone era, I couldn’t be bothered looking it up...hence, “Hank_Chizl_Jaw” was born. After a few years of refinement, “hankchizljaw” stuck around—even outliving the Xbox Live account and probably for way longer than it should have...
I’ll finish this post saying that over the years, I have dropped a couple of Easter Eggs in articles that hint at “Hank Chisel Jaw” and David Caruso. Let me know if you find them 😎