Topics related to given names, surnames, and linguistic aspects of naming in English.

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Word for a temporary project name

In software development, and I imagine in many other fields, we often make up temporary nicknames for new projects or features. These are not meant to be the real names for the end product and are ...
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What do you call those small wooden footbridges over water?

Those planks or bamboo bridges you see in some resorts and some sea settlements in Asia?
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Given Names - Common Practices

Were the names Rebecca and Elizabeth ever used interchangeably, specifically in Ireland? I am doing some family research, and it seems that these two names may have been used to refer to the same ...
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Why is Levi's pronounced the way it is? [closed]

Why is Levi's pronounced "lee vice" instead of the more logical "levies", i.e. belonging to Levi? Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bFfmXl9NJP0
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Dose “GetUserUsingItems” can express “Get items user are using”? [closed]

I'm a software developer and I'm not good at English. Now I need make a name of my function in code to express "Get items which are being used by an user". I have write GetUserUsingItems, but I think ...
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apa style - citing nobility

I want to cite a written work by a European (specifically, English) nobelwoman, more specifically, a countess. However, in order to make my question a bit general and to provide a comparison case, ...
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Why do we write the surname before the first name when writing someone's name?

I do not completely understand the reason behind why we write our surnames before our given names when listing them on documents, usually separated by a comma. EX: Donald Trump would sign "Trump, ...
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I have an interview in English [closed]

I am Chinese and I have an interview in English over the phone. Just what I am wondering is what I'd better call the interviewer? The interviewer is female in her early 30's. Do you think calling ...
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Meaning of word with definite article the for a facebook page? [closed]

Decorating cake is my hobby and am planning create a facebook page and a website to showcase this. Just listing out some names, can you please give me your feedback about these names? Cake Fairy Vs ...
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Word for a male aged 20 through 25 [duplicate]

I'm trying to come up with a word that describes a male aged from 20 through 25. Man feels too adult like and Young Adult feels like a teenager. The type of word I'm looking for is someone not yet ...
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Names that are simultaneously verbs (and preferably don't share their etymology)? [closed]

My girlfriend yesterday asked me if I could think of any examples of names, in English, that are simultaneously verbs. We couldn't think of any good examples then (aside from "Hope" etc.), but today ...
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Is it improper to refer to a married woman who kept her maiden name as Mrs?

Jane Smith marries John Doe and keeps her name, and doesn't adopt her husband's. It seems a good conclusion of this question that it's simplest/best to refer to her as Ms. Smith. I'm curious if it's ...
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What will be the initials (and order of the letters) of my name if I have a multipart first name

My first name is: Muhammad Ibrahim. Last name is: Qadeer. I have to write my initials on an American document. Since in USA Last name is written first what will be my initials? MIQ or MQ or QMI or ...
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Should suggested names be written with quotation marks? [closed]

Would a suggested baby name be put in quotation marks before the baby's birth? For example, I think you should name your baby "Nathan".
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Name of question at the end of a quiz to determine a winner

On a quiz, where there is a high likelihood of multiple teams scoring the same points, you sometimes add a question that has a numerical answer, e.g. "How many pebbles are there in this jar?". And if ...
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How to capitalize number in a persons name? [closed]

When refering to a king with a number in his name, say richard the second, how should one capitalize that. Should it be: Richard the second Richard the Second Richard The Second Or something ...
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My Company Name is Correct?

I already have an established company name. However need a pure English speaker to advise me if the name should be in plural or not. My company name is “Gadgets World” should it be Gadgets or just ...
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Is it suitable to use my native name 'Dong' in English environment in account of its special meaning in English? [closed]

As an alien whose first language is not English, I sometimes am in a very strange situation, is it suitable to use my native language name, Dong? I by chance know Dong has a little bit negative ...
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What are the holes in ice trays called?

I watched a video where the guy called the holes in ice trays "cuplets". I was sure this wasn't an official word, so I did a thorough Google search for what those were called but I could't find any ...
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What is the correct name of a student's set of answers to a test or exam paper? [closed]

I am not not sure whether it should be called an answer script or an answer(ed) paper. Or is there better names? What should I call the “list of answers” a student gives in a test? just refers to a ...
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Pronunciation of the name, “ Leonhard Euler ”

In almost every source I know, Euler has been pronounced as /ˈȯi-lər/ . Nevertheless, in a number of books translated to other languages, it is mentioned as: /ˈjuːlər/ . I doubt in it incorrectness, ...
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What is the name/title for someone who generates ideas?

what is the name/title for someone who generates ideas? Here idea refers to things like: Doing a project together Something can be done Something is possible Someone can try something Something can ...
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Description of a Plum [closed]

Im looking for a word that describes a Plum in a kinaesthetic/kinesthetic way. Can be very artistic or unusual.
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I need to know whether cedar is a proper noun needing capitalization [closed]

I have written “cedars and Rhododendrons” and wonder whether I should capitalize cedar?
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Specific word denoting the name of a person who has no last name

If my name is "John Doe", then: My first name is John My last name is Doe However, if my name was "John", does a specific term exist to denote a name that has no last name? Or is it just "name"? ...
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Writing my name in English [closed]

My name is Arabic, I write it in English as Mahmud Muhammad Naguib. I'm sure that Easterners can read and spell it correctly, but I'm not sure if Westerners can, therefore I think it's a good idea to ...
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“two President Roosevelts” or “two Presidents Roosevelt?” Pluralize the honorific or the name?

If you have two people with the same name, affixed with the same honorific, do you pluralize the honorific or the name? For example, There were two President Roosevelts. There were two ...
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How do I pronounce the combination of a regnal name/number and a dynasty name?

I know how to pronounce a regnal name with a regnal number after it, like Elizabeth I ("Elizabeth the First") or Charles IV ("Charles the Fourth"). But sometimes I see the regnal name/number followed ...
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How do the British pronounce these names? [closed]

Leif, as in Leif Ericsson; Elise, I know the British pronounce Denise like "dih-'neez"; Gisele; and Gisela
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What would you call a contraption that uses a string or a cord to turn on a light?

When I was younger, I hated to fumble my way in the dark to my bed, so I rigged up a string that ran from my light switch, across the ceiling and down to my bed. I could tug on it to turn off the ...
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What are the application conditions of the phrase “the same name”? [closed]

Suppose my brother is named Bob, my father is named Robert, and my mother is named Roberta. Do these three people all have the same name? This is obviously not a question about their birth ...
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Do you need to capitalize any words that are used to refer to a specifc place?

For instance: Outside the city gates, there's a dangerous forested domain. We often refer to it as the wild terrain... We entered the specified area, the so-called "wild terrain". Do you have to ...
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Choose a username is easy to remember and pronounce [closed]

English is not my mother tongue language. But I am trying to pick a good internet user name for my new career life in America. And I read a lot of "How to Naming" article but still have no idea. I ...
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Is it wise to specify a country name in brackets when referring to foreign city in an official document

While writing a formal document in an English language, I would like to know whether it's wise to specify a country name in brackets when referring to foreign city in an official document. For ...
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Title for prices in a report [closed]

I am preparing a report and need to name a few columns in a report. these are consecutive prices that will be updated few times a day so we need to show last 3 of them for each let say ...
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What term would you use to indicate a maiden name you weren't born with?

My adopted sister is married and took her husband's name. She includes her former last name (my last name) in parentheses on her work email. In this case, née wouldn't be an accurate designation ...
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What is the proper way to write a firm's name? [duplicate]

What is the proper way to write a firm's name? Would it be Someone, Someone, & Associates or Someone, Someone & Associates or no commas at all?
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'Petrovski's home/residence' or 'Petrovski home/residence' [duplicate]

What's correct? Petrovski's home/residence or Petrovski home/residence. Note that Petrovski is the family name (last name), not the first name. I know that for first name is always 's, but what ...
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Is there a single word for “sunflower seeds”? [closed]

I assume in many languages there are single terms to refer to "sunflower seeds", so I want to know if there is such a word in English also. Example: Tonight we should eat sunflower seeds while ...
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Is there an English word for “a name you legally gave yourself”?

Let's say that a woman known since birth as Alice Smith changes her name to Mary Jones. Alice Smith would be her "birthname"; is there a word for Mary Jones meaning "a name she gave herself"? I see ...
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Why they pronounce 'Shehab', 'Shebab'? [closed]

My name, Shehab, is an Arabic word. Interesting, more than 10 white Americans and a black American have addressed me 'Shebab' (both in writing and verbally). Why is this particular mistake is so ...
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using a brand name in MLA style

Should a brand name be italicized when used in a MLA-style paper? For example, tin he following paragraph: Future Shop, which offered technology supplies, was closed and in an statement the CEO ...
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Collective name for computing and embedded systems

I was wondering if there was any collective name for computing and embedded systems. They both has commonalities, so I thought there might be a world that encompasses
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What is “a room a company provides for eating food” called?

Companies provide a room which has tables and chairs. In some companies, the room may have other things such as refrigerators and microwaves. I have been calling this place pantry, but I noticed that ...
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How are English forms of Irish names used?

I've noticed that many Irish people use both their English and Irish versions of the name. For example, Moya Brennan, born Máire Ní Bhraonáin Can someone tell me what is the official status of ...
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When referring to an author, should I use their pseudonym or their real name? [closed]

When referring to an author, such as in a book report or essay, should I use their pseudonym or their real name when I am speaking about them or their works? Thanks!
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Should I use “Team X” or “X Team” when “X” alone is ambiguous?

Suppose I want to put a description below a picture of a sports team or prepare t-shirts and other promotional gadgets with the name of the team. Sometimes the team is well-known (Manchester United) ...
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Bird's Nest, Birds' Nest, or Birds Nest? [duplicate]

If I had to name a store selling bird houses from the three following options, which one would sound the most appropriate? Bird's Nest Birds' Nest Birds Nest
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Word to call a person that works in the registration counter

I'm looking for the word to call aa person that works in the registration counter for an audition. Their job scopes are to confirm the auditees' attendance, double check if they need special ...
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First name & Last name VS Forename & Surname

Is there a difference between First name and Forename, and, Last name and Surname ? Also i would like to know how should i call each of the sections of a name, for example: Full Name: James William ...