[OSM-talk] shortened names

John F. Eldredge john at jfeldredge.com
Tue Jul 26 20:32:35 BST 2011

Richard Fairhurst <richard at systemed.net> wrote:

> Frederik Ramm wrote:
> > Oh, that's relatively benign. There are people with that name who 
> > would try to grab attention with "ℳ∡ℝℸⅈℿ" or something.
> Oh, we really should produce a map which renders the name High Street
> as
> H16H 5tr33t, etc.
> It could be called Open1337Map.
> cheers
> Richard
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All this reminds me of the musician called Prince.  A few years ago, he wanted out of a contract with his publisher.  They said, "Go ahead, but we have rights to the name Prince, so you will have to use a different name."  This would effectively force him to start over on having people recognize his name.  However, he took advantage of a loophole in the law, and chose a couple of glyphs with no spoken equivalent as his legal name.  So, he was commonly referred to as "the artist formerly known as Prince", thus reminding everyone of his former name.  Eventually, the publishers gave in and allowed him to resume using the name Prince.

John F. Eldredge -- john at jfeldredge.com
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