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Jul. 28th, 2010

06:01 pm - PIN number

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From:oniomancer
Date:July 29th, 2010 09:37 pm (UTC)
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Now if we can just straighten out why you have to say "You Are el" instead of "Earl" but you don't say "jay pee ee gee" or "pee en gee", etc.
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:July 30th, 2010 12:50 am (UTC)
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Yeah, see, it's arbitrary. It's not what's the most efficient or logical thing to say, it's whatever's taken hold first.

In fact, my entry in the "best thing to say other than PIN number" contest would be "PI number", with the P and I pronounced separately: "pee eye number". But if I tried using it, I'd have to explain it to people every time.
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:August 10th, 2010 06:39 am (UTC)
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No, wait, I got a better idea:

ID number.

Forget the word "personal". Most ID numbers we have to deal with are personal anyway, and besides, there's little chance of confusion because the term is context-dependent anyway.
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