Questions tagged [names]

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

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How do Americans respond when asked for their names?

I heard a character on TV, when asked for his name, responded: My name is Bond, James Bond. Why doesn't Mr. 007 reply, "My name is James Bond". I am not familiar with first/middle/last name ...
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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 “Tweety” suitable as a person's name?

My name is Chia Yin. I am a Taiwanese. We usually have two names in this generation: one Chinese, one English. I don't know why. For my English class, my teacher asked me my English name, I don't ...
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(The) Putin's ratings shot up. Is the definite article allowed here?

In a sentence where the definite article precedes someone's name, as in this example: The war campaign has boosted the Putin's ratings. could the definite article be used? Would the above example ...
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Determining someone's gender from their name

A Japanese person was asking how to tell the gender of someone based on their name. Someone else claimed that if it ends in "a", it's usually female, and if it ends in "o", it's usually male. How ...
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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 ...
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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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What expression is used instead of a name, when somebody doesn't remember a person's name?

Is there another expression, apart from what's-his-name (or similar), which is used when somebody is speaking of a person, but doesn't remember the person's name? I thought Vattelapesca was used in ...
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Why is it “Deadpool”, not “Dead Pool”?

I have watched the movie Deadpool. I found the name quite interesting and read the following article about its origin. As explained in the movie, Deadpool takes his name from the “dead pool” at ...
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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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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 to introduce to your new teacher when you have a middle name or more than one different name

My teachers and my friends call me Kitty in school, while my colleagues and my boss call me Kay in the office. My friends and my colleagues have called me different names, but I have never told them ...
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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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Is introducing yourself with “myself” completely wrong English?

If I am introducing my name to a business client, which of these are correct: 1. Hello! Myself John. 2. Hello! My name is John. 3. Hello! I am John. 4. Hello! This is John. 5. Hello! John.
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What is the term used for adding an 's onto a name?

I realise the title doesn't make much sense, it's a hard one to ask, so I will describe the situation... The other day my ex's mother was sending me texts and said "it's always Dannies world". Of ...
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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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the possessive plural of a French family name ending in x

what is the possessive plural of the French name Rioux, in an English text? Is it the Riouxes' house or the Riouxs' house?
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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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During colloquial conversation, what is the difference between calling people first name and last name?

During colloquial conversation, what is the difference between calling one first name or last name? I assume one if colloquial and one is more formal but not sure. Thank you very much!
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Etiquette for mixing name and initial

In emails and on the internet, sometimes people write signature with full first name and last initial, sometimes first initial and full last name. Is there any difference between the two or is it ...
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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 ...
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How should I indicate both my legal name and my nickname in an application?

I have been known by the name David to my friends. If I applied for some stuff using my legal name e.g. Jainokiv Zub (the name that matches my ID card), how am I going to tell the other party that my ...
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Mobi as a name prefix

I'm about to create a new business name, using Mobi as a first part of the name. Someting like: MobiChat, MobiWork, MobiScan, MobiLease, you get the idea. Does that sound unusual to a native ...
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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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Should adjectives derived from people's name start always with an uppercase letter?

I've seen adjectives like "Guassian" (e.g., Guassian elimination) or "Bayesian" (e.g., Bayesian networks) which derive from people's names. In the previous examples, "Guassian" derives from "Gauss" ...
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Graham vs. Graeme

Scotish English is very strange (like some dialects of my language, Czech). It is not easy to read, speak or even understand it for foreign speakers, and also for (almost) native speaker (my teacher ...
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Should I translate names of foreign company or organisations to English?

When I'm writing in English and want to refer to foreign company/organisaion names, should I translate or keep the original name, or use both? I can imagine a few possibilities, depending on factors ...
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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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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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How to choose the spelling of a foreign name

Are there any rules for spelling names in English that come from other languages? My name is Maysam, and I spell it like that. But some people say it is Maeisam and such as that... Is there a ...
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Is it incorrect to pronounce names like in native language? [closed]

When I speak of somebody, e.g. Einstein, the German way of pronouncing this is Ein-sh-tein. Should I avoid German pronunciation in German names or not?
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Proper way of mentioning a town name for the first time

If in my essay I mention a town named Greensea for the first time, what's the right way for me to put it?: ... and then he moved to a town of Greensea ... and then he moved to the town of ...
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Correct construction of the sentence “Marcs computer”

How could I write sentence below in two words: Original: "The computer from Marc is damaged." With less words: "Marcs computer is damaged." Is this correct and what about the name ends with a,...
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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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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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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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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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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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Which part of my name (Indian) is my surname?

My name is Abhijith S. Raj. So is my surname S. Raj or just Raj? (Note that my father's name is Sreeraj and that is why the S. Raj.)
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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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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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English people names and street names

I know learning grammar and vocab is so painful, but that's not the hardest part to me. What makes me feel most difficult is the English name for people and streets. They are complicated, no ...
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Jonathan mistaken as Jonaton

My name - Jonathan - is fairly common in English. However, several times people have typed it incorrectly as Jonaton. This includes both people with whom I spoke and people with whom I only ...
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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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Is it ok to use Czechia as the name of the country? [closed]

While Slovakia is an acceptable short name for the Slovak Republic, it seems that Czechia should not to be used for the Czech Republic. Why?
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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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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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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 'The Odd Couple' mean as a phrase?

I'm watching tv series called The odd Couple i tried to understand the meaning of that expression by watching it but i'm still not satisfied about the true meaning of it What does 'The odd Couple' ...