I was telling my colleague that a project name cannot be generic (which cannot be easily created on our own). I meant to say the name should follow some standards.

Now could you please tell me whether it is correct to use the word generic here? If not, what else can I use?

  • You're using generic to mean "does not follow [= conform to] any standards"?
    – user230
    Jan 16, 2014 at 18:45
  • Is "Casual" what you are looking for?
    – user3214
    Jan 16, 2014 at 19:02
  • I'm not sure what you mean. Do you mean that the choice of name must follow some specific rules? Or do you mean that the name must not be an ordinary word, but must demonstrate some imagination? Or something else? Jan 16, 2014 at 21:22

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If you meant that it needed to comply with some standards, or that some other department is responsible for assigning a name, you might say that it can't be 'ad-hoc' or 'improvised.'

If you wanted to speak in the positive about the project name, you could say that your project names are 'regulated' or 'constrained' by these rules.

If this is not helpful, please re-word your question to add either more detail, or an example of the conversation to add context.

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    My guess is that your guess as to what OP is trying to ask is correct. So your ad-hoc, improvised, Damkerng's arbitrary and alternatives such as unconventional would all be acceptable. Most likely, OP has misunderstood the meaning of generic. Jan 16, 2014 at 19:05
  • @MrWondrful and FumbleFingers: Thank you both of you.
    – Srekk
    Jan 16, 2014 at 21:51
  • I thought Generic means common or not specific. But the words improvised and arbitrary really suites. thanks again.
    – Srekk
    Jan 16, 2014 at 21:52

I would like to suggest another word: arbitrary.

arbitrary (adj.)
based on random choice or personal whim, rather than any reason or system.

  • +1 Yes, that's the word I was racking my brain for when I answered. I almost mentioned "willy-nilly," but then thought better of it. Thanks! Jan 16, 2014 at 19:44

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