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I'm pitching a story to a public broadcaster and the layout asks that I put my name on the top of the form. Am I the "Pitcher" or the "Pitchee", or should I just go with "Name"? "Name" seems too vague IMHO.

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I don't understand the question. If you are completing a form, why are you worried about using "Pitcher" or "Pitchee"? Just fill in what it asks for. What does it ask for? –  Andrew Leach Dec 17 '12 at 17:14
    
Should I refer to myself as the "Pitcher" or "Pitchee" in the email? I don't believe "Pitchee" is even a word. –  David Krause Dec 17 '12 at 17:16
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Without a link to the form it's not clear whether you're asking us a) what word you should use to label your name in your email or b) in which of three fields, labeled "Pitcher", "Pitchee" and "Name" you should identify yourself. If it's a), I have to ask Why do you feel you have to label your name at all? –  StoneyB Dec 17 '12 at 17:59
    
I don't work in broadcasting, but I think any variant on pitch would be far too "slangy" for OP's intended context. –  FumbleFingers Dec 17 '12 at 18:13
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The suffix "-ee" comes from the French "é" which is used for the past participle of verbs in that language. For example, données the French word for data simply means "givens".

Since you are not pitched, pitchee would make no sense. If you pitch you are the agent i.e. the pitcher.

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You are the pitcher, if you want to go with that terminology. The -er suffix denotes the agent of the root verb, in this case "pitch." However, you could also call yourself the pitchman if you want to give the impression that you're a high-energy seller of ideas.

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Thank you very much! –  David Krause Dec 17 '12 at 18:19
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