nickname, sobriquet, alias, aka, moniker, hypocorism
I’ve never seen hypocorsim, sobriquet, or moniker being used, but I’ve seen alias, aka, and nickname very often. We all have nicknames and I just love people’s nicknames more than their formal names. For example, American Indian warriors always have wonderful nicknames like Sitting Bull, Crazy Horse, Red Cloud, Lone Horn. Let me think what I want to be called, probably Talking Goat. It is said Thai people love nicknames. And a person often creates a nickname for himself or herself. Then after several years, he or she can change it to a new one and the circle of friends and relatives will use the new one. What a wonderful tradition. If I want to nickname myself Talking Goat, can I force my circle of friends to call me that?
- hypocorism: a pet name, an affectionate name
- sobriquet: nickname
- alias: nickname
- aka: to indicate another name of a person.
- moniker: name
- nickname: a more familiar and affectionate name
pseudonym, acronym, synonym, antonym
- pseudonym: Many authors have pseudonym–an invented name. For example, George Eliot.
- acronym: Use the first letter of each word in a name to form a shortened name. For example NASA, IMAX, RAM
- synonym: words having similar meanings.
- antonym: words have opposite meanings.
- eponym: a person who lends his or her name to something. For example, a disease can bear the name of the person who discovers it. Alzheimer’s disease is one, Down syndrome is another.
- eponymous: lending one’s name to something. For example, Thomas Edison is the eponymous hero of the Edison Township of New Jersey.
title, entitle, entitlement:
- title is the name of a painting, a book, or a paper.
- entitle is the verb form of title and it can also mean to give rights to somebody.
- entitlement: it is a special word now and used in special places. When the rich Wall Street firms failed and the government helped them with billions of dollars, it is called bailout or business as usual. When a poor single mother claims welfare, it is called entitlement.
- I’ve never figured out how to distinguish between the two. They have similar meanings: name unknown. However they are used in different circumstances. You can’t say an incognito author; you have to say an anonymous author or an anonymous source. Also one has to say the famous actor travels incognito or the famous actor has to be incognito when he travels. One can’t use anonymous in this context.
- byline: the name of the author
- byword: It means a buzz word or a most outstanding example of something. For example, locally in Edison Township, Nordstrom is the byword for luxury goods.
misnomer: a wrong name
nomenclature: name a group of things systematically, like in a scientific field.
onomatophobia and other phobias
- onomatophobia: An unreasonable fear of certain names or certain words.
- Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia: It means fear of long words.