On names, changing them, and pronunciation
abhillel at hotmail.com
Wed Mar 12 02:25:22 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).
Harvard's email system gives you the initials of all names up to your
surname, and then as many letters as possible out of your surname up to a
maximum of 8. This gave my roommate the very pretty sang at ... . But I had
trouble convincing the computer society people that Bar was part of my
surname, not a middle name, and that Gili was a middle name, not a nickname.
At first I was given the address hillel at ..., which caused much confusion as
Hillel happens to be the name of a major student organisation that was
receiving all my mail... then I asked for gbarhill, and was flatly refused,
some woman wrote me a snide response that "nicknames are unnacceptable". I
ended up as abhillel, which is just wrong, but it stuck.
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