I don’t know how many times I’ve been working with someone and while giving them the server’s full host name, I stumble over the phrase “.eastern.ewu.edu”. So, I’ve coined the term: “dot triple e”. Isn’t that so much easier to say than “.eastern.ewu.edu”? I think so as has most others that I shared my idea with.
But, why stop there? Is pronouncing “.ewu.edu” any better? (Try saying that 10 times fast.) Most of the time I hear it pronounced it gets mumbled through because its so hard to say. There are just too many oo’s and e sounds. We all know what the other person is trying to say, but we sound dumb doing it. Well, no longer… along with introducing “dot triple E”, I give you “dot double E”.
Paul Klinger has taken it one step further. Let’s short-hand the typing as well as the pronunciation:
.eastern.ewu.edu = .E³ (or .3E is acceptable for the ASCII code impaired*)
.ewu.edu = .E² (.2E is acceptable for the ASCII code impaired*)
Thanks to the good thinking of Brian McCracken, the standard has also been amended to include: pronouncing the “dot” in either case is also optional. For example, “access double e”. I personally like the “dot”, but if you want to really streamline… here you go.
Perhaps you won’t choose to use these new terms, but now you’ll understand those that do.
* the squared symbol (²) can be generated by holding down the ALT key while typing “0178” (without the double quotes), then releasing the ALT key. The cubed symbol (³) using “0179”.