Post by GordonD
I remember my mother telling me that when she was asked to spell the
word at primary school, she responded with "double-you, double-o,
double-l-e-n", which for some reason displeased the teacher.
There was a joke to that effect in a 1939 jokebook I inherited from my
grandmother, in which a man asked to give his full name began spelling
it: "O double T I double U E double L double U double O D"...after
several cycles through the "how was that again?" routine, he said his
name was "Ottiwell Wood" and spelled it once again....
I used to tell my parents they should give out their phone number as
"four eighty eight ninety ninety eighty nine" (480-890-9089) but as far
as I know they never took me up on it...(they're both deceased now and
the number has gone back into the pool at the phone company, so don't
bother trying to call it)....r