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I've just the read the short story "Placet is a Crazy Place" by Fredric Brown, but living outside English-speaking world I only managed to get a translation version, which despite the best effort of the translator renders the wordplay point moot.

What were the short and full names of the red-haired girl and her brother?

  • What were they in the translation? – Valorum Oct 24 '16 at 12:20
  • Well, to translate them back into English would be senseless because their names were completely fictional (not really existing in any language, as far as I know), made up just for the wordplay – Oleksii Oct 24 '16 at 12:30
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    The original English version is available for free at archive.org. – user14111 Oct 24 '16 at 17:42
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From the UK ebook version of The Second Fredric Brown Megapack.

They looked at each other and started to laugh, and I remembered. Of course, Reagan and Michaelina had both been in my botany class, as had Michaelina’s twin brother, Ichabod. Only, of course, no one ever called the redheaded twins Michaelina and Ichabod. It was Mike and Ike, once you knew them. (small joke here, Mike and Ike is a brand of candy).

At the end of the story, we learn that the Administrator sent his resignation, however it was mis-read

I groaned. I didn’t look at her. I said, “Mike, I’m nuts about you. But—just before you came, I sent a two-word radiotype to Earth. It said, ‘I quit.’ So I’ve got to leave Placet on this shuttle of the Ark, and I doubt if I can even get a teaching job, now that I’ve got Earth Center down on me, and—”

...

My hand shook a little as I read it: REQUEST FOR ADDITIONAL ASSISTANT GRANTED. WHOM DO YOU WANT FOR THE JOB?
I looked up at Reagan again. I said, “You’re trying to tell me I sent an answer to this?”
He looked as dumbfounded as I felt.
“You told me to,” he said.
"What did I tell you to send?”
“Ike Witt.”
He stared at me. “Chief, are you feeling all right?

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