Monday, 10 September 2012

Entry: cognomen (n.)

In context: "Sober, she'd call him Bimmy or Bim because that's what she heard his little friends call him.  She didn't know the neighborhood cognomen came from an acronym for 'Big Indestructible Moron.'"

Definition:

In Latin use:  (a) The third name, family name, or surname of a Roman citizen, as Marcus Tullius Cicero, Caius Julius Cæsar;  (b) an additional name or epithet bestowed on individuals, as Africanus, Cunctator (in later Latin called agnomen).

but more accurately here:

Hence, in English use: a distinguishing name or epithet given to a person or assumed by himself; a nickname.



Other:

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Page: 448

Source: Oxford English Dictionary   

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