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Why the “plus”?

When I was at CMU, the email system did fuzzy common name matching by default, so you could write a full name e.g. harry.bovik@andrew.cmu.edu and it would try to deliver it to the right mailbox. If you added a plus sign (+), the system would do an exact match instead of a fuzzy match. In practice your email address was username+@andrew.cmu.edu.