autodidact [ˈɔːtəʊˌdaɪdækt]na person who is self-taught[from Greek autodidaktos self-taught, from autos self + didaskein to teach]
And the umlaut?
Decorative umlauts have a long and distinguished tradition in music, but generally they aren’t intended to modify the way the word is pronounced. Not so with ÄUTODIDACT; I want the umlaut to affect the pronounciation, so rather than
Why? Apart from looking forward to correcting anyone who pronounces it wrong, it also makes it a unique word. ÄUTODIDACT is not an existing word. (The German, incidentally, is autodidakt).
And, believe it or not, I’m not the first person to think autodidact is a good idea for a name:
Autodidact (a Texan rock band); Autodidact (an EP released in 1997); Autodidact Records (a New York state record company); aUtOdiDakT (a DJ and producer). And so on. There’s even an Autodidact Project out there already.
Well, the internet is a big place and there’s room for everybody, and, besides, everything’s been done by somebody somewhere already anyway. Those who disagree need to watch this: