Anyway, when it was time to get my first shell account and email address in college, I wanted a phonetic version of my name, to remind people. It was an old VAX system, and had a max character limit of 8, so I couldn't get "matt_howie" or "matthowie" and instead had to smash it down to "mathowie." I thought it was self-explanatory, but I more often heard "Math Owie? Is that like some sort of algebra injury?" But no, it's just "Matt Haughey," spelled phonetically, and crammed into eight letters.