So I took a giant leap forward into the cyber-wilderness and have moved to WordPress. And although The Copydeck will continue to exist on 24.com, I’ve changed over to my given name of Amanda Sevasti.
Since I get asked about it a lot, here’s the etymology: Sevasti means “respected” or “revered” (okay, you can stop laughing now) and is the name of a Greek saint, Sevastianis. Every day of the year is named after a saint in the Greek Orthodox church (and you thought the Catholics were something).
Sevasti was my great-grandmother’s name. Her and my great-grandfather, Nikolaides, moved to what was then Rhodesia in the 1930s. They were from a very tiny Ionian island off the west coast of Greece called Ithaki (Ithaca).
Seriously, imagine getting on a boat to southern Africa with nothing but a few hundred drachma in your pocket, not being able to speak a word of English and not having a clue what to expect.
No wonder the name means “respect”.