My IRC nick-highlighting is such so that today, all messages directed toward a new person named imako on #ubuntu triggered my attention. While this is easy to fix, it made me consider how frustrating IRC with nick-highlighting must be if you have a nick that is also a common word in a language you communicate in.
I spent a few moments on Freenode today with nicks including the, and, is, it, to, an, as and a.
I was surprised that everyone of those nicks was registered with the nick server. I was not surprised that all were available at the time I tried and that all but the and and had been untouched for the better part of the year.
Let’s face it, if your nick was it, you wouldn’t enjoy IRC very much either.