Key Words to Know
Since we all know how important names are, let’s learn to discuss them more in depth. For all the aspiring name geeks, onomasticians, and etymologists out there who are just like me, here’s a guide to name-related vocabulary.
- Nom: the Latin root for ‘name.’ This root can be found in a number of words and phrases including:
Nomenclature: the devising, labeling, or choosing of names for various things, particularly for certain systems
Cognomen: any name, especially a surname or a nickname
Nominate: to name a nominee to be in the running for an office, award, or duty
Denomination: a name or designation for one of a set of things
Misnomer: a misapplied or inappropriate name or designation
Nom de plume: pen name, alias, or alternative name
Binomial: consisting of two terms, usually used in genus and species classification or in algebra
- Onym: the Greek root for ‘name.’ This root can be found in a number of words and phrases including:
Antonym: a word having the opposite meaning as another in the language
Synonym: a word having the same or nearly the same meaning as another in the language
Anonymous: without a name; of unknown name; whose name is withheld:
Pseudonym: pen name, alias, or alternative name
Acronym: a set of initials representing a name, organization, or the like
Eponym: a person after whom a discovery, invention, place, etc., is named or thought to be named
Metonymy: the substitution of the name of an attribute or adjunct for that of the thing meant
Patronymic: the father’s name
Metronymic: the mother’s name
Homonym: a word that has the same-sounding name as another
- Name synonyms: see how I did that?
Appellation: an identifying name or title
Epithet: an adjective or descriptive phrase expressing a quality characteristic of the person or thing mentioned
Moniker: a personal name or nickname
Sobriquet: a nickname or descriptive name
Handle: alias, fictional or false name
- Tee’s name-related words (to be added to):
Namelty: a person with an amazing or unique name
Namerific: a truly terrific name
And of course, Curionomastics!
Thank you for being patient with me last week, as I was quite busy with visiting family and Bearded Chum’s graduation. Please stay tuned for another Sunday Spotlight a week from today!