Forums > Knowledge Bank archive > KB:Why are droids sometimes referred to with numbers and letters, and sometimes with their phonetic spelling?
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I sometimes see "Artoo Detooo" and sometimes it's "R2-D2", as well as "See Threepio vs. "C3PO". I have been wondering about this for a while.—Unsigned comment byRegnvær (talk • contribs).
Mostly colloquialism. Like calling someone whose name is Timothy "Tim", or Samantha "Sam". In terms of in-article usage, we rely on source material to provide phonetic spelling—for example, MK-09 is referred to both in-game and in other material as "Emkay", so we're allowed to use the phonetics colloquially; IG-88 is only referred to as IG-88 (no phonetics) in sources, so Eyegee Eightyeight (or Ayegee, or any phonetic variation) would not be a valid in-article usage. Hopefully that makes sense! JorrelFraajic 05:07, May 10, 2014 (UTC)
Yeah, that makes sense, thanks. It is kind of funny because I probably wouldnt recognize IG-88 with that spelling anyway or Em Tedee with M-TD. I guess it is sometimes the author of the book or games preferences.—Unsigned comment byRegnvær (talk • contribs).
Bingo. A lot of it is preference; familiarity comes with consistent usage. On an aside, please be sure to use ~~~~ to sign your future posts! JorrelFraajic 05:21, May 10, 2014 (UTC)
Oh, I see. Thanks :) Regnvær (talk) 05:27, May 10, 2014 (UTC)