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Is there a word for the author of a testimonial about a product or service. I thought perhaps "Testimonee" or something similar but that's not a word.

  • Based on this, I think 'referee' may work: english.stackexchange.com/questions/50291/… "a person appointed to examine and assess for publication a scientific or other academic work." – Ken Gregory Apr 15 '16 at 15:24
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    @KenGregory - No, a referee is one who examines and assesses a referee might then examine and assess the testimonials (say for publication) they do not author testimonials. That’s what a testifiier does. – Jim Apr 15 '16 at 15:39
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    @Jim - Fair point. Perhaps 'reference' would have been a better suggestion. – Ken Gregory Apr 15 '16 at 15:47
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One who gives testimony, or attests, is an attestant. In your context of "product or service", you might want to also consider "reviewer".

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One who vouches for the quality of some product could be called a voucher, which according to Merriam-Webster is "a person or thing that vouches for the truth of some statement, etc."

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Oxford Dictionaries On-Line, gives as its second meaning of referee (after the obvious sporting one):

A person willing to testify in writing about the character or ability of someone, especially an applicant for a job. (It is marked as BRITISH)

A third definition, which is not marked as necessarily British is:

A person appointed to examine and assess for publication a scientific or other academic work.

The second definition, in Britain, would appear to be the one you want. But if you are looking for something American I'm afraid I can't help you.

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  • Yup, that's how this Brit says it. – Dan Apr 15 '16 at 22:04
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Product spokesman, spokeswoman, spokesperson.

Endorser.

"Publicly referenceable customer" is what one product marketing person at my company calls a customer that agrees to be cited publicly.

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