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Charles Dickens
In a word: sobriquet

Each week The Sun's John McIntyre presents a moderately obscure but evocative word with which you may not be familiar — another brick to add to the wall of your working vocabulary. This week's word: SOBRIQUET Adam started us in the naming business, according to Genesis, and human beings have been keen to name objects, animals, other human beings, concepts, and themselves ever since. Many of us have, in addition to our formal birth names, one or more casual names, or nicknames. Nickname we have from the Middle English an eke name, eke meaning "additional." We not only have multiple names, but also multiple names for naming. In addition to nickname, which is...