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Why the “plus”?

When I was at CMU, the email systems supported fuzzy common name matching, so you could email e.g. harry.bovik@andrew.cmu.edu and it would try to deliver that (if unambigious). If you added a plus sign (+), the system would do an exact match instead of a fuzzy match, so in practice your email address was always username+@andrew.cmu.edu.