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From:Sarah Marie Parker-Allen <lloannna@...>
Date:Saturday, March 22, 2003, 6:58
On almost every email list I'm on, and in almost every situation I get in
involving more than a handful of people, there is more than one Sarah.  My
favorite way of solving the problem was introduced by a former math major:
the first Sarah on the list in question is Sarah' (or Sarah Prime); the
second (me) is Sarah" (or Sarah Double Prime).  Sometimes we use the
identifying phrase method
("former-cult-leader-and-amateur-wrestling-federation-founder Sarah" and
"brilliant-virgin Sarah" are the latest), and occasionally we use full
names.  I've gotten used to being called a lot of different things...

In my fifth grade year, there were two girls named Esther Kim in our class
(one was in fifth grade, the other in sixth).  Neither had a middle name,
both were from South Korea and lived in the same area.  Most everyone
(including the teacher) called them Esther Five and Esther Six for the
better part of the year, which strikes me as really odd...

Sarah Marie Parker-Allen

"Being captured by the Evil Overlord is one way to learn his secret plans,
but are innumerable other ways that are better, and they will be tried
first." -- Rules for the Hero

> -----Original Message----- > Behalf Of Rachel Klippenstein
> > Among members of my family, a common way to > distinguish between bearers of the same name is to > precede the first name by some sort of distinguishing > word or phrase, commonly a combination with another > name. For example, we know multiple people named > Susan, so to talk about one particular Susan, we would > refer to her as "Adrian-and-Susan Susan", where Adrian > is her husband. Another example is "David-and Johnny > David", where Johnny is David's brother. > > It's rather uneconomical with syllables, but it's > definitely a system we use. > > Rachel >
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