One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A pen name.
pen name, assumed name, incognito, alias, false name, professional name, sobriquet, stage name, nicknameView synonyms
- ‘‘Jonathan Wilson’ is the nom de plume of an academic who dares not use his own name for fear of victimisation by his colleagues.’
- ‘For some bloggers, a nom de plume might be used when the blogger's real name is phonetically unwieldy or so common as to be undistinguishable.’
- ‘And if anonymity is so unimportant, why are we using noms de plume on this board?’
- ‘If you don't want to use your real name, use a nom de plume and briefly explain, for publication, why you don't want to use your real name.’
- ‘Nick de Plume is a nom de plume for 19-year old Harvard Student Nick Ciarelli, who's run the site for six years, and notched up an impressive record of scoops.’
- ‘If you'd like to participate but can't use your real name please email me and we'll sort out a nom de plume.’
- ‘It is her maiden name that he eventually adopted as his nom de plume.’
Early 19th century: formed in English from French words, to render the sense ‘pen name’, on the pattern of nom de guerre.
Top tips for CV writingRead more
In this article we explore how to impress employers with a spot-on CV.