In the words of Phil Karlton: There are only two hard things in Computer Science: cache invalidation and naming things:
[Context: Software, terminology for a database schema]
If I book something for someone else, is there a term for the person being the ... um, target of the booking?
For example, let’s say your secretary books a car on behalf of you. The secretary can be said to be the organizer of the booking (which is the term used by most calendar systems such as Microsoft Outlook when booking a meeting room), the car can be said to be the resource, but what is a term for the person the booking is intended for?
My own suggestions so far:
- Subject? (as in “to be the subject of a …“, but it’s ambiguous since it also typically means the topic to be discussed, as in the subject line of an e-mail, which could be confusing)
- Audience? (seems more like a group to me)
- Target [user]? (I seem to over-use the word target everywhere, but that may not be a valid argument)
- Owner? (would the one making use of the booking or the one who created the booking be considered the owner of the booking?)
- User (too vague in the given context)
You’d think the rich English language would even have a -ee word for something like this. But bookee sounds ... horrible. Attendee is not necessarily the primary user of the resource but could be an invited guest (as for an Outlook meeting, again).