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Re: CHAT: Middle Initials

From:John Cowan <jcowan@...>
Date:Tuesday, February 13, 2001, 19:48
Dan Jones wrote:

> I've noticed something. Loads of American names have an initial in the > middle, like Raymond E Feist, Kathlyn S Starbuck and even our own David E > Bell. [... W]hy do you do it?
There are many reasons: for disambiguation (George Bush vs. George W. Bush), for euphony (Walter H. Waggoner [a reporter] sounds less jingly than Walter Waggoner), to honor a parent or grandparent, as in my case. Legally, however, the full name is the first name + surname only. John W[oldemar] Cowan. -- There is / one art || John Cowan <jcowan@...> no more / no less || to do / all things || with art- / lessness \\ -- Piet Hein


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Jean Lansford <lansford@...>CHAT Middle Initials