I'm working on a software project that generates templates from raw data. We use "template" as a noun and a verb (though I don't know if using it as a verb is technically correct). Is there a good single word for a thing that makes templates? E.g. a templater or templatizer.


Just for fun, what are some silly names you can think of that I could use to annoy a coworker? He hates it when we say "templatizer," so let's see if he likes something like "Template-O-Matic" better :)

  • In computer world, maybe "wizard"?
    – InitK
    May 10, 2018 at 13:45
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    Wizard is a general pattern of GUI that walks the user through step-by-step, definitely not what I'm looking for
    – automaton
    May 10, 2018 at 14:00
  • @automaton interestingly, your username automaton is from the Greek auto (self) and matos (willing). "Auto" as a prefix and "matic" as a suffix are probably the most popular way to imply automation. Also I have added some more suggestions to annoy your colleague.
    – Astralbee
    May 10, 2018 at 15:00

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I am not personally aware of a single word that describes one who, or that which creates templates, and while I'm not the ultimate authority I think it is fair to say that if you found an obscure word then it wouldn't be recognised by the average native English speaker.

One of your suggested words "templater" sounded very plausible but doesn't appear to be in any official dictionaries. The word does appear in Wiktionary, and although that doesn't count for much it means that at least somebody has used it before.

However if you are looking to name your software, the great thing about English is that you can use common rules to make up words as names and the meaning will be instantly recognised.

Names like...

  • Templater
  • Templatiser (or Templatizer in the US)
  • Templatomatic
  • AutoTemplate
  • etc

...will be widely understood even though they are not (or may not be!) proper words. The fact that Templater has found its way into a wiki and gone unchallenged proves this point.

Some additional names for your bonus 'name the software' question:

  • Mr. Template (for fans of Back to the Future)
  • Supertemplate
  • Templatebot
  • Templat-inator (for fans of Phineas and Ferb)
  • McTemplate
  • Simon Templater
  • Templater of Doom
  • Templatey McTemplateface (every naming competition has to have this)
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    Thank you! This answer brings up something else (just for fun), question edited.
    – automaton
    May 10, 2018 at 14:14
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    Simon Templater goes over my head, but I'm leaning toward Templat-inator considering that there is a Perry the Platypus plushie on my desk. Thanks!
    – automaton
    May 14, 2018 at 13:26
  • @automaton I'm showing my age - Simon Templar is a fictional character from a 1960s British tv show called The Saint.
    – Astralbee
    May 14, 2018 at 21:32

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