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"If you have a gut response to a story, you are not responding to something new are really responding to a story you were told when you were six or sevenů"
- Samuel R. Delany

Reciprocal Name  
  A nickname or familiar name used to specify a more completely defined full name and telephone number.  

Cell phone companies now offer this service. You can speed dial friends by using a name that is familiar to you ("Sue") to mean a specific data entry for your cell phone ("Susan Smith 777-888-9999").

This is yet another feature of the amazingly prescient Joymaker, the must-have PDA from this same story about a totally networked society.

To use your joymaker as a telephone: You must know the ortho-name and identification spectrum of the person you wish to reach. Once you have given the information to the joymaker it will be remembered, and you can then refer to the person in later calls by a reciprocal name or any other personal identification programmed into your joymaker.
From The Age of The Pussyfoot, by Frederik Pohl.
Published by Ballantine in 1966
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I don't think that cellphone companies thought of offering this before the 1990's; can anyone think of an earlier reference?

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