/ˈsjuːdənɪm/ [sue-dough-nim]
A fictitious name, especially one used by an author.

Early 19th century from French pseudonyme, from Greek pseudōnymos, from pseudēs ‘false’ + onuma ‘name’.


Frank made a modest living selling barn burner romance novels using the pseudonym, Sue Downing. Nobody cared.


"Pseudonym" is a substitute for the Lexico suggestion "contronym" which we have examined before. It made me think about the multitude of "-nym" words we have in English. I wonder how many there are?


The floodgates are open. Let the deluge of answers begin.


You know, I had never heard that one before! 😉


paronym is new to me, thks.
acronym, of course - LOL

@Algot metonym. A word that denotes one thing but refers to a related thing

Also: cryptonym and anonym.


Hey! Didn't you first say "metronym"?

Mother's maiden name...

This is way cool fun.

And, of course, I love the newly spelled "metonym".

@Algot Others have suggested "acronym", which leads to "backronym", a post-hoc acronym, where a word is first chosen, and then a meaning is derived from its spelling, e.g: NOISE: Neighbors Opposed to Irritating Sound Emissions


I've seen the backronym in action, often at the fed gov level, but had not attached it to the term.


@Algot Some fun variations are of course "anti-acronyms" (AAL: anti acronym league), recursive acronyms (GNU: GNU's Not Unix) and my favourite, recursive anti backronyms (XNA: XNA's Not Acronymed)

@Algot There's "demonym," which is the name for members of an identifiable group of people, most commonly residents of a country; i.e. "Afghan" is the demonym for Afghanistan.

I'm surprised I haven't seen #mononym mentioned yet. Especially since registration forms often assume that people have a first name and last name, making it rather difficult for them to register with their preferred or even actual name.
(This was a major issue in the early days of #GooglePlus for instance, which made #nymwars a rather trending topic.)


Of course, like Cher, mon cher ami.

I had not thought that one through,

@Algot and it's not just celebrities or other people who have changed their name to a #mononym.
Javanese people, such as Sukarno and Suharto, have a single name since birth:

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