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Questions tagged [names]

Topics related to given names, surnames, and linguistic aspects of naming in English.

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Making a name an English name

How does one go about taking a name (or word) from another language and making it an English name? I know of examples such as Yeshua being turned to Joshua or Yonatan turning into Jonathan, but I do ...
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What is a small tent kind of shop on the side of the road called?

What is a small tent kind of shop on the side of the road called? It can sell stuff like newspapers, snacks, coffee, and other small things. The only two things that come to mind are "a hot dog stand"...
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pattern of the names of languages [duplicate]

Is there any pattern for the names of the languages? in very cases, the name of the language seems to have relationships with its origin in some pattern, but at all, it is different case to case and I ...
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Punctuating an Initialized/Abbreviated Last Name

What is the proper method, in American English, to punctuate a name that's been abbreviated to an initial? I.e., "Dr. S," if the full last name was something like, say, "Syzlowski," or someone named, ...
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plural possessive of Woods [closed]

How do you make the last name Woods plural possessive? example: a friend of the Woods (2 people) I assume it is Woodses, but have been "corrected" by someone.
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Cristóvão Colombo's name in America [closed]

How do American people usually pronounce Cristóvão Colombo's name? For example, do Americans say "Cristopher"? Is that a correct version of this? Or do they pronounce it like in my country (Brazil, ...
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Word order in noun phrases

Which word order should I choose in noun phrases with a proper noun component and a common noun component? the Elvis Presley singer v. the singer Elvis Presley the Star Wars movie v. the movie ...
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Why it is “the Grinch” but not just Grinch as it's his personal name

We don't use the definite article with personal names, however here....why is it so? Yeah, I know sometimes we can use "the". When it's a person everybody knows about or smth like that. But why it'...
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Two middle initials / data entry

When inputting names to a database (used by English and non-English language users) what would be the preferable way to tackle a name with two middle initials? John George William Doe for example. ...
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Why do we call it “combination lock”? [closed]

Variation lock seems more accurate by mathematical definitions Edit(to give it more context) Hey, can you tell me the combination of your lockbox ? Why don't we say variation(or permutation)? The ...
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Looking for a word that reflects both retained and immediate or something inbetween

With programming graphical user interfaces there is the most common one of having a retained mode. There is also the immediate mode. To explain this a bit more simplified, I will explain it with ...
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Looking for a word that can represent position or size or both

I am working on a program to create layouts. I used the words PLACE and SIZE (I use caps cause they are constants, represented like that in the code). PLACE was responsible for the x and y position. ...
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Comma placement after name

I've always been confused where I would place a comma when introducing someone by name then detailing their place of work. For example: The visiting professor is Dr. John Smith of the University of ...
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What is difference between timetable and schedule?

I'm building an application, that shows schedule/timetable for university students. I'm confusing, what is the correct word for it: schedule or timetable? How should I name it? Here is the result of ...
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Use of an indefinite article associated with a particular person's name [duplicate]

Indefinite (and definite) articles are sometimes associated with a person's name. This answer by Jon Hanna is the best summary of the uses I have found. Also, another question addresses the issue ...
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Do there exist male names that derive from female names in English?

I've seen a lot of female names that are simply derivatives of male names, mostly of biblical origin: Michaela, Michelle from Michael, Michel Joan, Joanna, Joanne, Jane, Jean from John, Jean ...
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How is paciic pronounced?

This video covers how an airline with the word pacific in its name accidentally wrote paciic on their airplane. While very amusing, the lady in the video pronounces the mistaken ‘pasiic’ like ...
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Is there a word for when you use a descriptor in place for a word/phrase you've forgotten?

Best example I can give is a post I saw a while back where someone was trying to remember the name for a manta ray and described it as a sea pancake instead. Logically you could call it a sea pancake ...
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“Mr. Smith, John” or “Smith, Mr. John” Title location in reversed name

When writing a name in reverse order (following the commonly used [Last Name], [First Name] [Middle Name(s)] format) where is the most appropriate place to put the title? For example, is it Mr. Smith,...
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What causes the predominantly female gendering of objects?

In English, objects are not generally gendered, as we have neutral pronouns used specifically for that purpose. I've noticed that when gendered pronouns are used for non-gendered objects, though, ...
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Preferred name versus legal name

People at our workplace sometimes prefer to be called their middle name. However, to find them in the company email directory, a person has to know their legal first name. What is the best way to ...
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A noun followed by name

I'm writing about a painter who depicts his imaginary world that he calls Argondia. Question: Consider a sentence, "His paintings are reflections of an imaginary world Argondia". Is the ending "...
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River's Name as an Adjective

Is there any rule that describes the cases when one can use a river's name as an adjective and when it should be with the -ian suffix? There is the so-called Danubian corridor, but it's the Danube ...
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What is the preferable wording for that situation?

During my vacation, I have worked on a scientific project. Now, I would like to add this project to my resume. So, I have added the following to my resume. 1- Volunteer scientific work: ...
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What do you call a person that uses and plays with others out of boredom? [closed]

I would like to know if there's a specific word that describes this type of behavior, thanks a lot!
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How to properly refer to a person who had changed their name in the past tense?

A person changed her name from A to B. "My 6th grade English teacher was A" sounds right, but when I alter the sentence structure to "B was my 6th grade English teacher" it sounds right. These are ...
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expressing a feeling

I'm looking for a name for my blog, crisp yet interesting. The idea is, when we tear paper into tiny bits and let it fly from the roof, it looks like a beautiful whirlpool of paper shower, i couldn't ...
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Should I use “the John” or “the john” when referring to the slang phrase for toilet?

Should I capitalize the "j" in John when referring to a toilet as "the john." The same goes for lazy Susan and other words that are also names.
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What are the etymological origins of the names Muhammad, Jesus and Buddha? [closed]

Muhammad, Jesus and Buddha are names today strongly connected with the religions these guys founded. So obviously they were not derived from their respective religions. So what did these names signify ...
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Name of Stretch of Area near to a forest or jungle [closed]

What is the stretch of area near to a forest or Jungle called? I am collecting honey from farmers who own Bee Hives placed very close to a Forest. I am looking for a name to this area to name the ...
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Software version names [closed]

For different major releases of a software product it is nice to assign a name to them. Although I find this tough... Properties of a good software version name: relatively large group of nouns (so ...
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Plural of East European surnames

Would the collective noun for the Ivanovic family be "Ivanoviches"? I called the Invanoviches for confirmation.
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Punctuation of Initials in Name [duplicate]

My name is James Lamar Smith, in which my first name is James, middle name is Lamar and my last name is Smith. I would like to know which form of my short name is acceptable in English: 1 J. L. ...
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How do I go about writing and pronouncing my name if it has non-english letters [closed]

So I'm soon going to England to study and I'm not quite sure how should I write or pronounce my name in English, which includes Lithuanian letters. I can't imagine anyone spelling my full name ...
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Is there a name for the relationship between a movement and a follower of that movement?

Movements and philosophies often have a specific term that is used to describe followers of it. For example, Islam and Muslims, the Society of Jesus and Jesuits, Communism and Communists, even the ...
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Proper Usage of Nicknames?

I’m already aware that nicknames are usually incorporated into the larger name between the first and last names — John “Jack” Doe, for example — and that this is essentially standard usage. When you ...
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Capitalizing Personal Titles as Substitutes for Names

[I am unable to write "Hello, English scholars" as the first line without it deleting it.] There is obvious contention between style guides on the subject of capitalizing personal titles when they ...
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Sir or Mr with first name only [duplicate]

How can I refer to a man using his first name while showing some respect? Can I say "Good morning, Sir William or Mr William" like Monsieur in French?
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How to specify an organization with the name of city

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 ...
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Parenthesis for English name(foreigner)

I have an English name but that English name is not shown on my passport or birth certificate. However, I would like to be known by that English name. How should I show people that I would like to be ...
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Quotation marks for nicknames

E.g. "I get called Hitler in school." or "I get called 'Hitler' in school."? Would quotation marks be needed for 'Hitler'? What if it was an uncommon or nonsensical word like 'A123' or 'Gaylord'. ...
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Names referred to as words

Style guides seem to agree that words referred to as words should be italicized or set in quotes. So: The term critical mass is... The CMOS 17th adds that proper nouns used as words are usually set ...
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Why are names starting with a “J” common, while words starting with a “J” are uncommon?

There's a reason "J" is worth 10 points in Word feud, it's a quite uncommon letter. According to Lewand, arranged from most to least common in appearance, the letters are: ...
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Why are some first names always abbreviated and some not?

Is there any consistent rule or at least an explanation why in some names the first name(s) are traditionally nearly always abbreviated and in some are not? Why, for example, T.S. Eliot but Thomas ...
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Why we often refer John Kennedy as JFK, but seldom refer Richard Nixon as RMN? [closed]

Let's make this question more general. Why people refer some specific person as the abbreviation of his/her given name + middle name + surname (e.g. JFK, LBJ) rather than full spelled given name + ...
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If a university is named after a place, can I move the name to the name of place before “university”? [duplicate]

If a university is named by a place, like "the Univerisity of Bonn". Can I call it "Bonn University"? When saying the former, is the mistake serious if without definite article "the" before "...
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How to express my first name in initial(s) when its composed of two separate parts

First of all, I'm Korean, and we don't have a middle name. Except for a very few odd cases, our names are composed of one letter surname, and two letters first name. For example, former UN secretary ...
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Capital letters in own defined acronyms

I am writing my PhD thesis, and I want to use the acronym "DOM" referring to "Domain Optimization Method", as I use a lot that expression throughout the document. At the moment of defining it (i.e. ...
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Why and when did 'Down's Syndrome' change to 'Down Syndrome'?

Having watched a charming video of 'Carpool Karaoke' with mothers and children on the World Down Syndrome Day website, in preparation for the twenty-first of this month, I noticed that 'Down's ...
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How to write name 'Jonas' to force /j/ sound?

In Poland and many European countries Jonas is a popular name, spelled slightly differently in each language (Jonasz, Jonàs, Jonáš, Joonas). In most of Europe and Africa it is pronounced with initial /...