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Nothing is more usual than for philosophers to encroach on the province of grammarians, and to engage in disputes of words, while they imagine they are handling controversies of the deepest importance and concern. - David Hume


A name is a label to things, people, places, brand names and even ideas or concepts, originally in order to distinguish one another. Names may identify a class or category of things, or a single thing, either uniquely, or within a given context. It is also called a proper noun. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Name, Apr 2004


In general, a namespace is an abstract zone which is or could be populated by names, or technical terms, or words. A namespace uniquely identifies a set of names so that there is no ambiguity when objects having different origins but the same names are mixed together. In a namespace, each name must be unique. The namespace is the context, and in the namespace each word can uniquely represent (map to) a real-world concept.

Each language is a namespace, whether it is a natural (ethnic) language, a constructed language, the technical terminology of a profession, a dialect, a sociolect, or an artificial language (e.g. a programming language).

Within the limited namespace called "your family", you might be known as "Charlie". Within a larger namespace containing strangers as well, the name "Charlie" might not be unique, so you are instead "Charlie Brown, 17 Main Street". In (the namespace of) some other family, the name "Charlie" might refer to a different person than you. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Namespace, Apr 2004

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