PEte vs. Pete (the inside story)


Over time, many people have asked me why I sign my name PEte, as opposed to Pete.  First off, yes, it's intentional. 🙂  It all started when I was in second year university.  I think there were two factors that affected me doing it. 


For many years, when I signed my name in email, I didn't get my finger off the shift key fast enough, and I would sign PEte, but I'd go back and fix it.  It, wasn't a big deal, and really, I'd only do it 1 in 3 times maybe, so it was often enough to notice it, but not often enough to do anything about.  One of those annoying little typing things that most people have I think. 


Shortly there after, one of the people I was dating had a habit of writing his emails in all sorts of different capitals.  For exAmPle, hiS emaIls would lOOk sOmethIng lIkE this.  It was kind of fun, though a little wierd to read, and one day, I just decided to not fix the PEte that I signed my email with on an email to him.   


I was on a work term (coop/internship that semester) and for some reason I was in one of my "whatever" moods that day, and proceeded to sign the rest of my work emails with PEte.  Since then it has pretty much stuck.  Every email I send these days, I sign "PEte".  I think at this point (December 2006), it's been over 7 years that I've signed my name like that.


I've kept doing it for a couple of reasons, not only is it habit, but it also helps me stand out a bit.  I have a pet peeve, I can't stand fitting in the mould.  I want to be close to the mould, but just different enough that I'm not in the mould, and I think this is one way I do it.


There you go, the story of PEte.  I typically only tell people who ask, but figured it'd be a fun little story to share. 


Take care,


PEte 😛

Comments (4)
  1. bgold says:

    huh, funny — I always thought it was a typo 😉  I almsot ping’d the IE Blog folks to have em fix it.

  2. Mani says:

    funny one….but I was wondering how you managed to type two letters that are on different side of the keyboard fast enough. What I mean is if you are typing Elephant with a big E, I would hold the rightshit using my right hand finger and if I type Pot with, I would hold the left shift with left hand..that make is sort of impossible to type PE by holding the same shift key down….perhaps you have your own typing style…..anyway….good timepass, I liked the standout thing though….cheers

  3. Colin Blair says:

    My theory is that programmers use the enter key so much that they start using the left shift key for all of the letters. Looking around the office, the right shift keys don’t look as used as the left shift key.

  4. A few people have asked, but I figured I’d post a quick note about why I sign my emails "PEte" instead

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