I am about to "invent" an extension to the iCalendar MIME type.

A calendar event may be one, where you need to pay money to get in. Since there is no such thing already defined in any RFC, I will go ahead and use my own form. But in case this takes off and everyone wants to have it, it would be good to come up with a proper term in the first place. So I am wondering, what's the most appropriate term therefore, according to most general usage and international meaning. Here are some terms, I found so far:


Any other suggestions are welcome, of course.

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    What about just "Fee?" – Lumberjack Dec 14 '18 at 17:16
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Use either of the first two.

Admission and admittance are less optimal than entry fee or entrance fee because there may be other criteria besides money going into admission or admittance. For instance, for a group meeting, being the member of a group may lead to someone being given admission or admittance. (I could also imagine confusion with other meanings of admission, like being enrolled at a university.)

In the Oxford English Dictionary, entry fee and entrance fee are virtually interchangeable and common to American and British English. I haven't found a better equivalent; I've heard of having to pay "at the door," but it's not like door-money is a popular or well-recognized term.


"need to pay money to get in" is reminiscent of card games where the common term is ante

So in a similar case you could try your hand and propose X-ANTE
Which has a double meaning see https://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/ex-ante
where one example usage is
"In contrast, ex ante funds are preferable when firms have enough capital "

Wiki defines it as https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ex-ante

"The term ex-ante (sometimes written ex ante or exante) is a phrase meaning "before the event".
and gives as an example the fee for a lottery entry.

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