The Name of the Name

Mark S. Miller erights at
Wed Aug 1 12:47:26 PDT 2012

Now that we have both private Names and unique Names, the general
category covering both is simply Names. Properties can therefore be
indexed by strings or Names. Strings are the ones consisting of a
sequence of characters that can typically be pronounced. Names are
anonymous identities.

In the real world, names and identities are distinct concepts, and
names are the one corresponding to a unique sequence of characters
that can be pronounced.

Is "Name" exactly the wrong name for a opaque unique identity
typically used to index a property? Is there a better term?


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