November 13, 2014 – Word of the Day
You probably know the meaning of this word already, but pay attention to all the different ways in which it is used. A name is a word or a title that a person or a thing goes by:
- What’s your name?
- Who named you that?
- Were you named after someone in your family?
- What’s your last name?
- Do you go by any other name?
- Do you have a nickname?
- We named our son "Martin," after Martin Luther King Jr.
- How many different states in the United States are you able to name?
- Can you name the capital of Germany?
- What’s the name of this place?
This place is named "Burger Barn."
When this word is used as a verb, it means to appoint a person to a position or identify someone for special recognition.
- Ted was named top salesperson of the month.
- The person named to fill the position of CEO comes from outside the company.
- Who will be named manager of the team?
There are many expressions and phrases that include the word "name."
- I don’t have a penny to my name. (I’m broke.)
- Stop calling names! (Stop insulting someone.)
- The police are asking residents to start naming names. (name names = give names of people)
- He’s the president of the company in name only. (in name only = a title without authority)
- They don’t want to do anything that would spoil their good name. (good name = reputation)
- She’s a namedropper. (She lets other people know whom she knows. I was having lunch the other day with my good friend, Jennifer Lopez, and she said….)
The word "namely" is similar to "mainly" or "specifically."
- There are many good sources for fresh water in the midwest, coming namely from the Great Lakes region, underground aquifers, and the rivers that run through the area.
Shirley Ellis — The Name Game
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