When asked to spell his name, Will Wood would willfully respond with "Double U - I - Double L, Double U - Double O - D". Imperturbable clerks would, with surprising accuracy, dutifully write down Will Wood. You wonder, however, about the decipherment of, say, a Mr. Ruud's reply. Does his "R - Double U - D" exist in county records as Ruud or Rwd?
"I See You, 'N Double You,"
Word Ways: Vol. 3
, Article 4.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.butler.edu/wordways/vol3/iss4/4