I have a secret word that is used as a password with a government agency. I have to identify myself by license number and they use this secret word to make sure I am me.

The secret word is aardvark. Today two people insisted it was not a word, and a supervisor insisted that it was incorrect as I should have use anardvark since 'ardvark' begins with a vowel.

Some days even I wonder about the government. They are sending me a form so I can change the code word.


An in, "I would hoot with laughter" except that the stupidity you describe makes me " 'owl" in pain. Depending on which agency it is, you'll be lucky to get away with using an actual WORD as your secret code.

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