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Old 24 October 2008, 08:09 PM
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I gotta admit I like the name.

Though I have to admit I've never understood why some people who use unconventional spelling get upset when someone can't pronounce the name on the first try.
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Old 24 October 2008, 08:14 PM
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I hear that. If you are going to name your daughter Khatharhynne, you should not complain that people have to stare at it a while before figuring out it's "Katherine." If you wanted things to be easy, you should have named her Katherine.
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Old 24 October 2008, 09:38 PM
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THANK YOU! I thought I was going crazy - I have heard it too - on TV where they show the web address and it is clearly a forward slash, not a backslash. When did people get this idea? Does it sound more computer-y? Like, "Hey, I remember back in the days of DOS when it was c-colon-backslash"?
The odd thing is, that the backslash ("\") is an allowed character in URLs. It's possible to have a file or resource that contains one, but some popular browsers (cough*IE*cough) would probably choke on it.

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Old 24 October 2008, 10:33 PM
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Though I have to admit I've never understood why some people who use unconventional spelling get upset when someone can't pronounce the name on the first try.
Well, I feel for the kids who get stuck with unconventionally-spelled names and have to explain them every day until they're old enough to do something about it.
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Old 24 October 2008, 10:46 PM
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Is "the dash don't be silent" a direct quote? If not, then the teller of the story might well be using it to indicate race and invoke the stereotype of the lower-class uneducated black person with theit poor linguistic skills. Except in AAVE (African-American Vernacular English), that sentence is grammatical. AAVE has a different set of grammatical rules from "standard" English. It is not simply "poor linguistic skills".

As for the name, it's creative, and would (as previously mentioned) be a neat shorthand for one's name, a parent should expect people to have issues pronouncing it, as they're not used to pronouncing punctuation.

I'm gonna name my next child M@. Or M&y, if it's a girl. Or Ma~.
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Old 24 October 2008, 11:25 PM
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I'm gonna name my next child M@. Or M&y, if it's a girl. ...
Mampersandy??

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Old 24 October 2008, 11:27 PM
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I was kinda thinking "Mandy", but "Mampersandy" is WAY cooler!
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Old 24 October 2008, 11:31 PM
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Actually, "Ampersandy" would be a pretty cool name.

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Old 25 October 2008, 02:13 PM
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As for the name, it's creative, and would (as previously mentioned) be a neat shorthand for one's name,
I hadn't even thought of that. I know a Janine who uses J9 in her email address. (I'm pretty sure she signs formal documents with letters and not numbers, though.)
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Old 27 October 2008, 06:59 PM
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Icon104 Silent 3

When I was in college, someone had asked how I spell my name and I jokingly answered "D-a-3-v-e. The 3 is silent".

Strangely, this came in useful when I went to work for a large company where 7% of the work force was named "Dave" or "David". I started signing my E-mails as "Da3ve" so that folks would easily know which "Dave" it was...
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Old 30 October 2008, 02:50 AM
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I'm gonna name my next child M@. Or M&y, if it's a girl. Or Ma~.
I kinda like the idea of Ma~ but I also thought M&y was Mampersandy.
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Old 30 October 2008, 02:53 AM
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If I had a son, I'd name him > Top
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Old 30 October 2008, 03:15 AM
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If I had a son, I'd name him > Top
Which is why we're not having kids, dear, because I can't see naming anyone "Greater Than Top."

Your earlier suggestion, Wallstreet Panic Mikkelson, is beginning to look reasonable in comparison.
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Old 30 October 2008, 03:31 AM
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If I had a son, I'd name him > Top
Or ^top. But that only works if he's a redhead.
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Old 31 October 2008, 12:20 PM
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Which is why we're not having kids, dear, because I can't see naming anyone "Greater Than Top."

Your earlier suggestion, Wallstreet Panic Mikkelson, is beginning to look reasonable in comparison.
Chevron Top?
Closing Angle Bracket Top?
Diamond Bracket Top?

If I have kids, one name will have to be ‽. Because "‽ Palmer" would get all the friends.
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Old 31 October 2008, 12:50 PM
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Chevron Top?
Closing Angle Bracket Top?
Diamond Bracket Top?

If I have kids, one name will have to be ‽. Because "‽ Palmer" would get all the friends.
Caret top (Carrot Top)

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car·et /ˈkærɪt/ –noun
a mark (‸) made in written or printed matter to show the place where something is to be inserted.
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Old 02 November 2008, 09:23 AM
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I recall in highschool thinking that an exceptionally cool name would be elipsis spelled ... so that when people would read it, they might think that the name had simply been omited.
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Actually, "Ampersandy" would be a pretty cool name.
My cats are named Ellipsis and Ampersand. I do usually spell the names though... And why yes, I am a language student.
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Old 04 November 2008, 06:01 AM
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Well, I feel for the kids who get stuck with unconventionally-spelled names and have to explain them every day until they're old enough to do something about it.
To say nothing of those of us whose names are spelled in a perfectly orthodox way that follows normal phonics rules, and yet people manage to butcher the name all the time. It wouldn't bother me half so much if people asked, rather than assuming...or worse yet, asking "Is it Mispronunciation 1 or Mispronunciation 2?"

(I refer to my last name. No, nobody has ever mispronounced Dave, although if they followed their own misperceptions of how my last name ought to be pronounced, Dave would be pronounced "Davy".)
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Old 04 November 2008, 04:26 PM
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To say nothing of those of us whose names are spelled in a perfectly orthodox way that follows normal phonics rules, and yet people manage to butcher the name all the time.
I get that quite a bit too, and my last name is a common American last name (Robinson).

It boggles my mind how often people see "Robinson" but think it's pronounced "Robertson" or "Robison" or "Robson." Very seldom does anyone pronounce it correctly. I even had a teacher once who pronounced it "Robingson" although she may have had some sort of, well, I don't want to say disability because that's almost certainly not the right word, but she insisted she couldn't hear any difference between "Robin" and "Robing" even when I overemphasised the "g." She was clearly adding the "g" to my name, but instisted she wasn't even though every other student the in the class told her they heard it.

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Old 04 November 2008, 04:57 PM
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I'm gonna name my next child M@. Or M&y, if it's a girl. Or Ma~.
Or |er.

Of course, . has been a girl's name for a long time.
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