On names, changing them, and pronunciation

Margaret Ball margaret at onr.com
Wed Mar 12 00:59:06 EST 2003

> Oberlin's old e-mail system assigned e-mail addresses as S(First 
> initial)(middle initial)(last initial)(4 random digits)@oberlin.edu . 
> They replaced initials that students didn't have with an 'x'.  The 
> worst case scenario of this that I saw (doing data entry) was a 
> student whose last name started with a 'y,' and was using, I believe 
> Elizabeth as a chosen Anglicization of her name and had no middle 
> name.  Her e-mail username was then sexy(random numbers).
> Yeah.

OMG. Now there's an argument for having a middle initial: "Pick one or 
the school picks for you, and you may not like our choice!" (now trying 
to figure out if any other disastrous usernames could possibly result 
from this convention)

Margaret Ball

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