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Apr. 25th, 2005

A preview of the weekend post, which will probably go up at some point tomorrow:

Figuring out how to refer to people can become challenging at times. At least when the majority of the people involved have LJs, I can just use the username. Even so, it gets annoying to type, and reading it feels more like name-dropping than communication. However, when people don't have LJs, I end up falling back on initials, which just doesn't work so well.

For example, there were two Ms at the party Saturday night. I can't give M the hostess her last initial, because then she'd be ME. ;-) However, calling her MtH is almost as bad, because the other M's last name begins with H. Meanwhile, there were two JCs and a CJ present. Only one of them has an LJ, to my knowledge.

And the four people who declined the invitation? Every single one of them is a duplicate initial, although at least they all have LJs. And, of course, since they weren't there, I don't need to talk about them - but imagine if I did!

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talanos
Apr. 25th, 2005 06:57 pm (UTC)
This is why I use people's nicknames when I can. Then I'll use those initials.
collacentaur
Apr. 25th, 2005 07:05 pm (UTC)
Which works fine if 1) someone has a nickname that isn't just a form of their actual name; 2) you know it; and 3) those initials aren't duplicated as well.

Not working so well for me with regard to people I just met.
talanos
Apr. 25th, 2005 07:17 pm (UTC)
Well, if all else fails make up names. ;-) Change the names to protect the innocent.
collacentaur
Apr. 25th, 2005 07:26 pm (UTC)
Heh. I don't think I need to worry about the innocent, in this case.
talanos
Apr. 25th, 2005 07:32 pm (UTC)
See, now you're making me curious. Where's the post?
collacentaur
Apr. 25th, 2005 07:38 pm (UTC)
Been very busy at work today, haven't even gotten started yet.
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