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

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Capitalization in food

Morning everyone! Translating a Spanish restaurant menu into English, I found myself doubting whether to capitalize sauce names. Some examples are romesco and Sriracha. Not being familiar with them, ...
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Appropriate the word for 'let the air out' [closed]

A few days ago, I saw the button named 'deflation' on the blood pressure measure machine. I felt a bit weird, the 'deflation' button is in case of the machine or the patient is getting into trouble, ...
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Why is the Turkish president's surname is spelt in English as Erdogan, with g?

I recently got puzzled as to why American journalists spell the surname of the current Turkish president in articles written in English as Erdogan, with g (see, e.g., this article in New York Times). ...
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Would I use 'The FA' or 'the FA' in a sentence?

I'm writing a sentence that refers to The Football Association and want to shorten it to the FA, but I'm unsure whether I should capitalise the T in 'the' or not because its official name is The ...
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Is there anyone whose first name is the same as their middle name? [closed]

For example, is there anyone with a full name like "David David Smith", where David is the first name and David is also the middle name? Also, I am wondering if there is anyone with a first and middle ...
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Capitalisation of foreign names

British mathematician and logician Augustus De Morgan has De in his name. But the French physicist Louis de Broglie has de in his name. Why so? Something to do with being French or British?
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“Steven Pyles” is unfortunate name?

A: DV8’s real name is Steven Pyles. Unfortunate name. I heard this line from CSI episode. I thought Steven is very common name. So, is Pyles strange first name in the US? Or, is "Steven Pyles" ...
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Word for Name Twin [closed]

What is the word for a person who shares your name but is not related to you? Two example sentences for the word I am looking for. A few years ago, to my horror a _________, when asked “Would you ...
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Does word order matter when using names?

Does word order matter when mentioning names? Once I am ready with basic groundwork, I will discuss it with Travis, Nick and you. Once I am ready with basic groundwork, I will discuss it with ...
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Why isn't Robert Mueller's last name pronounced like Ferris Bueller's? [closed]

Mueller, Mueller, Mueller? Why isn't Robert Mueller's last name pronounced like "Bueller" of "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" fame? Is there a correct pronunciation? I've been pronouncing it like Bueller ...
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Usage of “[Name] of [Company]”

I believe I've heard a phrase such as Steven Stevenson of Microsoft or Kylie Kyleson of StackExchange How frequent is it to refer to someone in this way, or in other words, does it sound too ...
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Is there a name of the flying bionic bird?

I have seen this flying robotic bird on youtube few days ago. Unlike other flying machines/robots, it flaps its wing to fly. Doing google, I came to know that they are called bionic bird. But, ...
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Is there a word for when something's name completely fits the description or personality?

for example in a story i'm writing, there is a character named Revenge who's main goal is to get revenge. Is there a single word for that?
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European country names as US last names

An etymology / genealogy question: Americans sometimes have European country names as last names, presumably due to origin. But I only see SOME European countries as surnames, not others. I hear ...
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What do you call a married woman in a titled position? [closed]

I tried to search if someone has asked this question. The closely related to this I found here, but I am not sure that it is correct to my question beside the person who asked that question didn't ...
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Blue eyes white dragon

Why BLUE EYES white dragon ,not BLUE EYED ? Does anyone know why ? Because , as far as I’m concerned , the latter is the correct form Or maybe I just got it wrong? if anyone in this world knows ...
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I named my company Higher Standard Service, is this proper english? [closed]

So i named my company Higher Standard Service because our company motto is to provide a higher standard "of" service. I want to be sure that by leaving out the "of" in the company name i don not sound ...
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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. ...