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This tag is for questions related to given names, surnames, and linguistic aspects of naming in English.

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What do you call a name that reflects the person's characteristics?

How to translate the Russian phrase 'говорящая фамилия'? It's literally translated as "speaking surname" and refers to last names that reflect the person's quality. For example, if a short ...
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How to express “Anonymous” when functioning as a proper noun?

Quite a few Chinese novels and movies don't name the main character (or one of the main characters) as Mike or Alice or any name alike. Instead, he/she is called "无名氏". In general, 无名氏= ...
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Why is it 'Alexei' but 'Sergey'?

Why is it 'Alexei' but 'Sergey' (at least, according to Wikipedia)? Shouldn't there be uniform rules on how to transliterate Russian names? How do I render the endings '-ей'?
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meaning: Mr. Just About

Does "Mr. Just About" make sense as a nickname for someone who does not care about precision? I'd appreciate your help.
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Idioms meaning “everybody”

I need help finding an idiom that means "everybody" in this context: Three names in English make an expression that literally means “everyone,” usually in a negative sense. For example, Jane shouted ...
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Does referring to a third person by their first name require you to be on a first name basis with that person?

Suppose you are talking to your friend about a third person called Mrs. Firstname Lastname. Suppose you are not on a first name basis with this third person; that is, if you spoke to this third person ...
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What to call different education levels?

I've been always confused about the names of different education levels and how to use them, and which one is formal and which is not. Can someone explain if it is master's or master? should I say M....
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Why is the same person called differently by different people?

When I watch the classic American TV series Breaking Bad, I found that a guy called Jesse sometimes call his teacher 'Mr White', sometimes his wife called his husband 'Walt', but I find that his full ...
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Which phonetic alphabet represents the this sound?

Which phonetic alphabets represents the sound of 'u' in words like 'truck'? My real name includes written 'sam' but it is read as 'sum'. So I want to know what could I write between s _ m to make it ...
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What are shortened names called in this specific context?

Recently I have started playing some games and noticed that people or groups of people used names differently from others. They use names that are shortened and sometimes capitalized together. This ...
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How to pronounce a name you see for the first time?

Could you please tell me how to pronounce a name (interpreted from other languages) for the first time you see it? In English I find it difficult to do so because of the flexible pronunciation of ...
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Should I apologize for addressing a female with Ms + her first name?

I'm not a native English speaker so I wasn't exactly aware of the Mr/Ms + last name rule. I addressed the HR Director of a potential employer with Ms + her first name. My native friend then told me ...
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What does “O's” mean in bar's (pub's, restaurant's) name?

could you please help me to understand the meaning of "O's" in such names as "Nancy O's restaurant", "George O's bar"... etc. Is there some special meaning, is it translatable? Thank you a lot!
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Definite article (the) in front of personal name

I know that "the" should not be used with people's names. But what about when refering to mutiple people with the same name in one place? Like "the Thomas" for example ? I've heard this phrase in ...
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how to change spelling to make a silent e sound

My name is June and I am Basque (North of Spain). My name is pronounced almost like in English except for that the final e is not silent. How do a write my name phonetics to show people how to ...
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The word Sir in a name

I encountered couple of professors in a UK university whose their names start with Sir. I think they are British. Is this their real first name? or a title? If a title, what did they do to deserve ...
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Why do Russian names transliterated into English have unpronounceable 'k's before 'h's (e.g. 'Mikhail' instead of just 'Mihail')?

Why can't it be just 'Mihail'? I guess the 'k' is inserted to ensure correct pronunciation, but I don't see how 'Mikhail' and 'Mihail' are pronounced differently.
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Is “Kim” a male name or a female name?

I had thought it was a name that could be used by both genders, but some English teachers (namely, those who designed the exercise book that my son is using) seem to believe it's definitely a female ...
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Is Bob gender neutral?

Recently a question on Stack Overflow meta was edited by a moderator to remove the name Nancy with a gender neutral name Bob. His exact words were(emphasis mine) Jon suggested Bob would work too. I ...
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The definite article with names

Let's suppose there is a cinema house called 'Dream'. How to refer to it? In cinema 'Dream' In the cinema 'Dream' In 'Dream' cinema Or In band 'Abba' In the band 'Abba' In 'Abba' band In the '...
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Chinese names in English

In Chinese, the family name comes before the given name. By English convention, it's the other way around. In English text, however, I often see Chinese names with the family name before the given ...
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CamelCase names

Some people have mixed upper and lower case letters (informally, CamelCase) in their names. This can appear in their first name (e.g. LeBron James), last name (e.g. Tracy McGrady), or both (e.g. DeMar ...
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the Chester Beckers in The Great Gatsby

In The Great Gatsby, I read the following line: From East Egg, then, came the Chester Beckers and the Leeches, and a man named Bunsen, whom I knew at Yale, and Doctor Webster Civet, who was drowned ...
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Is it OK to refer to the name of an applicant in a recommendation letter by his/her family name alone?

I am writing a recommendation letter to support an employee's application for graduate schools in Canada. For example, if his name is Kai Kang,where Kai is the given name and Kang is the family name....
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Can I use a person's name instead of the pronoun “you”?

When talking to someone, can I use their name in place of "you"? Is this only used when talking a certain way (e.g. to children)? Or is this not done in English at all? Example: Ann is talking ...
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There was a farmer had a dog, but which one was named Bingo?

There was a farmer had a dog, and Bingo was his name-o. From these words alone (so, without appealing to different versions, translations, likelihoods of names, etc.), is there some way to decide ...
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How can I introduce (or name) a person who was my colleague?

How can I introduce (or name) a person who was my colleague, but he has changed jobs?
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What is called an organization where people are looking for a job for a while?

I am writing a CV in English and I have come to work experience. I do not know if there is a name in English for this organization or something like that, but in my language a literal translation ...
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What is my middle name and what is my last name?

I'm filing out an application form on a US website. The website is asking for my first name and last name. The Arabic name system is probably different from the English one. My name as it exactly ...
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Should I pronounce my russian name as an american or as a russian?

In meetings with my teammates from USA they pronounce my russian name "Artem" with American accent(not the way other russians pronounce it). Should I also pronounce other's Russian names with the ...
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Why there is an indefinite article “We have a Hulk”

Loki: I have an army. Tony Stark: We have a Hulk. (The Avengers quote on IMDB) I just can't get why Stark uses an indefinite article with a real person in a phrase "We have a Hulk", is this ...
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In which case(s) we should address sb. his “last name” vs “first name”?

I read this news article, where 20-year-old Mollie Tibbetts went missing. Her name is Mollie Tibbetts. If I get it correct, Mollie is her first name and Tibbetts is her last name or surname. As we can ...
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What is the meaning of “Dirty Dick”?

In London, there is a pretty famous bar called "Dirty Dick". I imagined how I would translate it to my language, giggled, and started looking a resonable meaning of "Dirty Dick". Here is what I have ...
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how to catch the names in audio materials?

I'm learning English via listening to audio materials, such as "A murder is announced" BBC radio program recorded. However, I'm quite bad at remember the names. After 3 to 5 minutes, I'm soon lost at ...
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What the name for these things?

Could you please tell me, what these things are called in English. N.B. monograms, ciphers, cartouches don't fit the meaning
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What does “-“ mean in the man name ”Chris Devonshire-Ellis"?

According to western convention, full name is composed of three parts: first name, middle name, and last name. For example: Donald John Trump George Walker Bush Chris Devonshire-Ellis in the ...
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the correct way to name a system that help find something

Hi I want to do a promo spot for a system that helps people find services online, I want to use the word "Finder", but some people tell me that is only valid when referring to a person not to a "...
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Which real/common English words, e.g. names, sound like [tsɑŋ55]?

Which real/common English words, e.g. names, sound like [tsɑŋ55]? “Jan”[dʒæn] & “Jane” [dʒeɪn], for example, are close enough to [tɕiɛn214]. In fact, "Jan" is almost perfect. “Song”([sɑŋ]or[sɒːŋ]...
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Why “Google Translate” instead of “Google Translation/Translator”?

Why has Google named its translation service "Google Translate"? Wouldn't "Google Translation" or "Google Translator" be more natural?
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What's this called?

So, I skipped my morning breakfast and went off to write an exam. I came back home at the time of lunch, but I slept, without eating. I had my first meal of the day at around 5PM. So what would this ...
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“Senior” and “Junior” suffixes on ID cards and passports

And are the suffixes "junior" and "senior" added in the names on passports? And also on identity cards? Or is it just informal and only said aloud?
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“Senior” and “Junior” suffixes

Is it possible to call a child "Jack Watson Junior" if his father is called "Charles Watson"? Is it necessary that the father and the son have the same name to be called "Junior" and "Senior" or is it ...
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Title for young girl

If Master is used as a title for writing the name of a young boy (as in Master William), what is used before the name of a young girl?
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The person who works for a University while studying there

What do you call a student at a University who gets hired by the University part time to do tasks around the university such as watching the front desk. Is there an official title for students like ...
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“A cat named Easter” [closed]

There is a song called "Crucify" by Tori Amos from the album Little Earthquakes, where the following part caught my attention: ... I know a cat named Easter He says, "Will you ever learn? You'...
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That story about not-so-careful Hans is called 'Careful Hans'

There's the very popular children's story called Careful Hans. Careful Hans is a story about a not-so-careful and foolish boy, Hans. Why is this so? I understand the name of a story doesn't ...
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The name of the vegetable

What is the right name for this vegetable (see the picture above)? I usually call it a (vegetable) marrow. Is it correct to call it a squash? (Pumpkins and courgette are types of squashes, so I ...
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What is the name / term of this symbol, half tick half cross [closed]

My teachers sometimes put this symbol in my homework. Does it have a name or term in English?
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Saifur's, Shahin's, Mijan's [closed]

Some institutes are called Saifur's, Shahin's, Mijan's. Saifur is a person's name. His language institute reads 'S@ifur's. My question is why this institute is named with an apostrophe 's' at the ...
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What's the proper use of titles in sentences?

How should one uses titles in sentences? Should I capitalize the title? I talked to General Lee. or not, I talked to general Lee. And if the name is not mentioned, but I'm talking about the ...