Questions tagged [names]

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

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why does “square one” not take an article?

Consider the next idiom: Go back to square one For me, as a non-native speaker, putting the in front of square one sounds equally good as not putting it at all. But, when I speak with native ...
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Is Irene Adler in the Sherlock Holmes series pronounced eye-REEN or eye-REE-nee?

For some years I thought that, over in England, any woman with that name was always eye-REE-nee (like the second principle character of the Forsyte Saga by John Galsworthy), and never eye-REEN. Now I'...
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How to inform other people of your real name?

I usually use a nickname (e.g. John, and other people know me as John). Lets say I want to inform another person about my real name (the name that is on my ID card), how do I say it? My full name ...