atomic_fungus (atomic_fungus) wrote,

#429: A wise-ass question.

I was just thinking: If they call it "Alcoholics Anonymous" why do you stand up and say, "Hi, I'm [state your name] and I'm an alcoholic"? That's not anonymous. Unless they don't check your credentials. Maybe you can stand up and say, "Hi, I'm Xzybxzyl*, the White Hand, and I'm an alcoholic from Zeta Five!" And get the same response you'd get if you said, "Hi, I'm Billy...."

One of my team leads at work observed that "Billy" is a rather disrespectful name, particularly if the person's name isn't actually Billy. "Relax, Billy!"

Maybe I'm just in an ornery mood because I woke up in the middle of my "night". I'm going back to bed.

* pronounced ZIB-zil. None of this nonsense of pronouncing the leading letter by name, as in Charles "EKS-avier" from the X-Men.

If we did that all the time, names would be stupid. "Hi, I'm See-huck Jay-ones. Nice to meet you, Jay-ohn Ess-mith. Relax, Bee-illy!"

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