Although difficulties with names are nothing new, the nature of name-giving changed with the introduction of computer technology. ----. In the old days, a letter from overseas addressed to the “U.S.” or the “U.S.A.” or even the “E.U.” would stand a chance of being delivered, but an e-mail for the corresponding geographic domain must have the exact designation “US”; no variation is tolerated.
For example, the ticker symbols that identify securities on the New York Stock Exchange can be no more than three characters long
Broadcast radio stations in the US have call signs of either three or four letters, and the first letter is always either K or W
The names can get so long and intricate that only a computer can identify them
It is not just the names that are scarce; we are even running out of numbers
Place names – and abbreviations for them – offer a good example of how names have changed