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Subject: RE: Brave new world

Sorry Stephenie:

Theory #11:  Your mother mispelled your name on your birth certificate
             and won't admit it because her husband will tease her

My daughter's name is Meredeth (all 'e's) and theory #1 is I wanted her to
be unique - which she is.


Betty Harvey                         | Phone: 410-787-9200 FAX: 9830 
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On Wed, 12 Jul 2000, COOPER,STEPHENIE (HP-PaloAlto,ex1) wrote:

> These have been nice discussions.  I guess its about time that I set you all
> straight, however, on the spelling of my name.  If it were an XML tag and
> you spelled it wrong, your parsers would croak ;-)
> Greetings.  One of my recurring tasks in life is teaching people how to
> correctly spell my name.  You are the latest to be the lucky teachee.
> You see, I'm one of those contrary types that just has to be different.
> The letter 'a' has been abolished from the alphabet from which my name
> is spelled, and the letter 'e' has been thrown in as the surrogate vowel,
> thus the rendering of my name is as follows:
>                      Stephenie Cooper
> Many theories have evolved as to just why I had to be different.  You are
> invited to choose the theory of your choice, or make up another theory...
> whatever will remove the discomfort caused by having to remember how my
> name is spelled!
> Theory 1:  I'm a Scorpio.  No further explanation required.
> Theory 2:  This way no-one will ever nickname me "Fanny".  Note:  No one
>            who has tried this is still living.
> Theory 3:  I was born on the eve of All Hallow's Eve, which itself is the
>            eve of All Saint's Day, which itself is the eve of All Soul's
>            Day.  That's 3 eve's, which means there should be 3 e's in
>            my name, which there are.
> Theory 4:  My fourth grade teacher told me that mine is the French spelling
>            of the name.  Well, you must admit that the spelling does have
>            a certain je ne sais quois.
> Theory 5:  It's the feminine version of Stephen.  It would be another story
>            if we were dealing with and effeminate Stefan or Esteban,
>            but we're not.
> Theory 6:  There is no equivalent to 'e' in the Arabic alphabet.  Loading
>            my name with e's is inclusive rather than ethnocentric.
> Theory 7:  My lucky number is 5.  The letter 'e' is the 5th letter of the
> Theory 8:  A slight variation in spelling may be enough to throw the IRS
>            off track.  So far this theory has not been validated by any
>            evidence, since names mean nothing to the IRS.
> Theory 9:  There is no one else like me.  (To the person who just said,
>            "Thank God,"...I heard that!)
> Theory 10: Think:  EDI.  E-mail. E-commerce.  E-business.  Stephenie with an
> "E".
> New theories will only be considered if my name is spelled correctly!

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