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Sunday, July 20, 2014

moniker

\MON-i-ker\ , noun;
1.
Slang. a person's name, especially a nickname or alias.
Quotes:
The moniker caught fire, and cultural shorthand would never be the same.
-- Kim Ode, "A generation's moniker can shape its destiny," Star Tribune, June 6, 2014
Or maybe the Iranians had finally heard the old seaman's moniker for submarines and decided not to touch their new naval vessels again—they'd once been known as "pigboats," after all.
-- Tom Clancy, Debt of Honor, 1994
Origin:
Moniker is derived from the Shelta word mŭnnik meaning "name." It entered English in the mid-1800s. Shelta is an argot used in parts of the British Isles based in part on Irish.
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