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In a sentence, is it better to use

referred to as sth.

or

called sth.

In the sentence I'm talking about TLS which is:

most frequently referred to as SSL

or

most frequently called SSL

I know both are correct, but I don't know which one is used in a modern, everyday talk.

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  • Do you mean TLS? – jimm101 Dec 31 '16 at 1:29
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Both are used. 'referred to as' is slightly more formal, or rather is likely not to be used in informal contexts ('called' works in both contexts well).

The queen is called 'her majesty' in her presence, don't you know.

and

The gardner is called 'cheesecutter' to his face, innit.

  • Love the second example – AdamMcquiff Jan 5 '18 at 15:02

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