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  • noun The name of a person who has died.


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Ancient Greek νεκρός (nekros, death) + ὀνομα (ónoma, name).


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  • There's a word for such a recycled name: necronym.

    Archive 2007-05-01 2007

  • Re Andrew's points 1 and 2, necronym tabooing lasts for different times in different areas. LINKING LANGUAGES. 2005

  • Re Angelo's comment, it's been said that necronym taboos could contribute to rapid lexical change, but it hasn't really been demonstrated. LINKING LANGUAGES. 2005

  • PNG doesn't have wide-spread necronym taboos, as far as I know. LINKING LANGUAGES. 2005

  • At the very least, since they have delayed me more than once, Apple ought to have notified me by e-mail that they were not going to be able to meet the promised delivery date -- rather than quietly changing the date in my Apple-Store account. necronym said, "If there is a shipping problem with 27" iMacs they would all be broken. "well, maybe you haven't been paying attention then. this well known issue concerning 27" iMacs arriving at their destinations with cracked screens has happened to a growing number of Apple customers, as we are now finding out in many online forums, including this one.

    Discussions: Message List - root 2009

  • Instead of glossy or matte, we should be arguing for manufacturers to put higher bit depth panels in their pro machines so that colour correction on the move can be as accurate as possible. from necronym: "The 6-bit display looks slightly washed out, the 8-bit looks much better but the 12-bit display looks stunning.

    Discussions: Message List - root 2008


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  • A necronym is a reference to or name of a person who has died. Many cultures have taboos and traditions associated with referring to such a person. These vary from the extreme of never again speaking the person's actual name, often using some circumlocution instead, to the opposite extreme of commemorating it incessantly by naming other things or people after the deceased. (Wikipedia)

    May 29, 2008