This lad, kasey, by any other name, would still be incomplete.

It Is All in the Nym

kasey (KAY-see), n.
1) a somewhat pretentious acronym of the name "Kenneth Castleberry"
2) a homophonic pseudonym (from high school years) derived from the initials "KC"
3) a preferred personal synonym (read: me) for the cognonym "Kenny" (diminutive of Kenneth)
4) a personally imposed antonym (read: not Kenneth) for someone not particularly liking their patronym
5) a phonetic ananym of the eponym "Isek" (long story why both Isek and Kesi are relevant)
6) a paronym or etymonym of the self-imposed euonym "Casey" (Irish: brave)
7) a former anonym (webwise) whose secrecy is defeated by the biographical detail given here.

So, just how did I acquire the name "kasey"? What does it mean, and what do all those "nyms" and "phones" mean in the definition above?

I picked up the name in high school. I grew to like it more and more and grew to like my given name less and less. The above "definition" is certainly a bit pretentious, but it was fun to do and reflects my joy at playing with words. I think that I will keep the explanation of definition five to myself for now, but I have come to think that definition six really does fit me. I never would have thought of myself as brave in the past, but I would now. That is another long story, however.

If you want a more detailed explanation of nyms, please read below.

Defining Names

An acronym is a word formed from the initial letters or groups of letters of words in a set phrase, as in laser (Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation) or loran (LOng-RAnge Navigation).

A synonym is a word with the same or essentially the same meaning as another, such as pleasant and agreeable.

A homonym is a word that is spelt and pronounced the same as another but has a different meaning, as in "he saw the saw in the shed", whilst a homophone regardless of spelling, is a word that sounds the same as another and also has a different meaning, as in "her heir was in the air at the time of the crime." Homophonic simply is the adjectival form which means having the same sound, as opposed to a heteronym which is a word spelled the same as another but having a different sound and meaning.

A cognonym, from cognomen, is a nickname.

A pseudonym is an alias, a fictitious name often used to conceal an author's identity or a pen name (nom de plume), like "Mark Twain" used by Samuel Clemmons. It is very similar to an anonym which is an assumed or false name but where the author is trying to retain anonymity instead of fame. Compare these to an allonym which is the name of another person taken by an author as a pen name, such as when writing as if the other, say "God" or "The President".

An ananym is a pseudonym consisting of the real name written backwards, whilst an antonym is a word opposite in meaning to another, as in good and evil.

A patronym is a name derived from one's father or from the paternal linage, especially a last name like Johnson, as in "son of John".

An eponym is a word named after a person or mythological figure, such as "Ulysses" from Greek legend.

A paronym is a word derived from the same root as another; a cognate, such as cold and kalt (German).

An euonym is a name well suited to the person, place or thing, such as "John" for a frequenter of prostitutes.

An etymonym is a name from which another form is historically derived, such as the Latin "Carollus" which is an etymon for the English Carroll.