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'pen name' vs 'nickname'



 
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'pen name' vs 'nickname' #1 (permalink) Tue Feb 05, 2008 22:11 pm   'pen name' vs 'nickname'
 

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ESL/EFL Test #272 "Literary Terms (4)", question 6

A ......... is a false or fictional name that writer uses instead of his/her real name.

(a) pen name
(b) humorous name
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English Language Tests, Intermediate level

ESL/EFL Test #272 "Literary Terms (4)", answer 6

A pen name is a false or fictional name that writer uses instead of his/her real name.

Correct answer: (a) pen name
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can I use the word nickname?

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Pen name or nickname #2 (permalink) Tue Feb 05, 2008 23:50 pm   Pen name or nickname
 

Hello,
No, a "pen name" refers to writers who choose names, other than their real or proper names, because they don't use their real names when publishing a piece of literature or articles. In other words, "a pseudonym used by an author."

A "nickname" refers to a humorous or endearing name given to someone by his/her friends, colleagues etc. Specifically, "a name that is added to or substituted for the proper name of a person, place, etc., as in affection, ridicule, or familiarity."
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'pen name' vs 'nickname' #3 (permalink) Wed Jun 25, 2008 18:12 pm   'pen name' vs 'nickname'
 

Hi

Shouldn't it be "...that a writer..."?

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'pen name' vs 'nickname' #4 (permalink) Wed Jun 25, 2008 18:17 pm   'pen name' vs 'nickname'
 

That's right, Englishholic. Many thanks for pointing this out -- it'll get changed with the next update.
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