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There is an organization, Federation of Literary and Art Circles, in my hometown city and I need to name it. So basically it is a combination problem of organization and city name. The following two choices are in my head for now:

  1. (Alto) City Federation of Literary and Art Circles

  2. Federation of Literary and Art Circles of (Alto) city.

Which one is correct?

  • Why do you place the town name in parentheses? Do you actually need the word "city" at all? Why not Alto Federation of Literary and Art Circles? – WS2 May 16 '18 at 7:25
  • I might use Federation of Literary and Art Circles (Alto) but it depends on the context. – AmE speaker May 16 '18 at 17:53
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As a general rule, the most important word comes first or last, as in United States of America or European Union. However, with a name as long as the Alto Federation of Literary and Art Circles, most people will use a nickname or an acronym. AFLAC is already taken, as you probably know. ACFLAC is (relatively) unencumbered.

That said, parentheses don’t work naturally with acronyms or web searches. It’s a matter of taste, perhaps, but for a formal name I’d lean towards The Alto City Federation of Literary and Art Circles.

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