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I'd like to find 2 terms to represent the people involved in a transaction. The transactions vary in their semantics, so I've had trouble finding a single set of terms. Here are some sample transactions and potential terms:

Give a Reward: giver/recipient  
Mete Punishment: giver/recipient  
Assign a Chore: initiator/assignee  
Ask a Favor: requestor/? 

The 2 terms will be used as variables in software code, and not exposed to users. I'd like them to be as descriptive as possible (x and y would work, but not be very readable), but generic enough to cover all the transaction semantics.

To complicate things, each person may be sending/receiving emails within the transaction, so I'm trying to stay away from "sender/recipient" to avoid confusion. The "recipient" of a request can be the sender of an email.

Some other terms I've thought of:

initiator/acceptor  
originator/terminator (kinda creepy)  
requestor/responder (not really precise)  

Any help is appreciated.

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As per the FAQ, "Naming, including naming programming variables/classes" is considered off-topic on this site. –  coleopterist Nov 14 '12 at 3:55
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Oh, I see. In that case, I'm writing a novel that happens to be written in Python and is only read by compilers. Seriously, this is a language question where the application happens to be naming something used in a program. I don't see how that makes it any less interesting a question. That said, I will obey the rules and withdraw it. –  Hollister Nov 14 '12 at 5:06
    
Finding circumvention methods to off-topic questions is off-topic as well, I think. –  Kris Nov 14 '12 at 6:23
    
requestor/grantor –  Jim Nov 14 '12 at 6:43
    
@Hollister: I learned English mainly through programming, perhaps over two-third of my vocabulary comes from the use in my early progrmmer's life. (As of now, my vocab size is probably around 20,000 words.) My English was polished and improved a lot when I tried to come up with the exactly right words for various little things in my code. I still remember that it was really fun, and could be frustrating at times. –  Damkerng T. Nov 14 '12 at 8:18
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It's a bit "specialised", but some people go for transactor and transactee

The reason this is so localised is because it's often meaningless to attempt to differentiate the parties to a transaction. Neither necessarily has any specifically different role to the other, except perhaps in those cases where one gives goods or services, and the other gives money.

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Not bad. I will give this due consideration. –  Hollister Nov 14 '12 at 0:29
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Traditional grammar offers two contrasting pairs: subject/object and agent/patient.

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Ah...so obvious, I missed it completely! Since object is ubiqitous in software, I think I might use the hybrid agent/subject. –  Hollister Nov 14 '12 at 2:04
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Wait, agent and subject are the same. Darn. –  Hollister Nov 14 '12 at 2:17
    
@Hollister Even more obvious: #1 and #2. Actor1, Actor2. –  StoneyB Nov 14 '12 at 3:19
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That doesn't really help make it much plainer than x and y. –  Hollister Nov 14 '12 at 4:53
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Perhaps requester and respondent.

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From a programmer's point of view, I would choose the words requester and requestee. I remember I saw it in Mozilla and perhaps Drupal realms. (Googling "inurl:mozilla requestee" would yield a lot of hits.)

Having said that, I think some folks go with requester and others go with requestor. I couldn't tell which one is more popular.

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