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2021-04-19

You say Naomi”, I say Naomi”…

From Bloomberg Business Week Facebook Sees WhatsApp As Its Future, Antitrust Suit or Not

Will Cathcart, the head of WhatsApp
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[Will Cathcart, the head of WhatsApp] likes
to tell a slightly embarrassing story to
illustrate how deeply private digital
messaging has penetrated people’s lives.
After the birth of his first daughter,
Naomi, he discovered that he and his wife
disagreed on how to pronounce her name,
which they’d agreed on months earlier. Even
today, he calls her “NAY-omi”; his wife,
“NY-omi.” “It took us a good month to figure
out how we’d made that mistake,” he recalls.
“And the realization was, every conversation
about what to call her had been typed.”

Shawn Hartsock has a similar story

My wife and I named a cat meme”. She still pronounces it mee-mee” while I call her meem”… none of those conversations were spoken it turns out.

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