Say I have a table with list of telephone calls. This table contains both incoming and outgoing calls received or made by me. There is a column with number of person I called to in case of outgoing call and number of person I received call from in case of incoming call. I want to know what's most appropriate word to put in header of this column.

What's the common word for one who I call to and one whose call I receive?

  • Is there a description of the people you are calling or are calling you? What do you call them? Are they clients or subscribers for example... or are they a random collection of many different types of people?
    – Catija
    Apr 18, 2016 at 22:19
  • @Catija They're subscribers of cell network of course. But I am subscriber as well. Nothing else is in common among them. Neither friends nor customers nor colleagues. Apr 18, 2016 at 22:24
  • Well, if the only people who call you or you call are subscribers, that makes a perfectly acceptable title for the column... you being a subscriber yourself doesn't change or muddy that fact.
    – Catija
    Apr 18, 2016 at 22:27
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    Besides 'other party' you could consider the not-so-common interlocutor. It doesn't necessarily refer to a party of a phone call but it can. Apr 18, 2016 at 22:41

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The single generic word you may be looking for is Contacts.

On the one hand, they are the contacts you made going out, and on the other hand they are the contacts coming in to you.

It can also be used for any form of contact-ing: emails, letters, face-to-face visits. Usually a CRM system like Salesforce.com will break these down into narrower categories to specifically pinpoint where conversions are being generated.


You'll probably need to go with something generic because I don't believe there's a term that can mean either at the same time.

An example would be "Other party". "Other" implies that it's not you in a way that "party" by itself does not.

If all of the people who call you or you call fit a certain description, you can also use that description as your header... so, if you work at a call center where everyone you call or who calls you is a customer, you could title the column "Customer name".


From your perspective, the people called you would be callers, the people you called to would be receivers.


The person who calls is referred to as the caller, while person who is being called is the recipient. These are just general terms. If you're looking for more technical terms, a caller is also called the calling party, the call originator or A-party, while the recipient is the called party or sometimes the B-Number/B-party.

In this case, the only overlap is party, so I would just call them the other party.

  • Right, but the OP needs a word that means both "caller" and "recipient" because they are both caller and recipient depending on the call.
    – Catija
    Apr 18, 2016 at 22:12
  • I'm looking for one single word with which I can refer to both calling and called parties. Party? Apr 18, 2016 at 22:14
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    I don't believe there's a specific term for that, so you might just go with "other party", "user", or maybe "subscriber".
    – paste
    Apr 18, 2016 at 22:17

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