Template Interpolation Key Usage

Related to this post, we previously customized templates such as user_notifications.reply_by_email, e.g. to say …

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This has been in use for some time and works perfectly. Today we need to change the text in user_notifications.reply_by_email, but on saving get the error:

The following interpolation key(s) are invalid: "username, topic_title_url_encoded"

Why the limitation now, and how can we get around it?