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articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. A
necronym, from the Greek words (transliterated as nekros, "death")
and ( noma, "name"), is a reference to, or name of, a person who
has died. Many cultures have taboos and traditions associated with
referring to such a person. These vary from the extreme of never
again speaking the person's real name, often using some
circumlocution instead, to the opposite extreme of commemorating it
incessantly by naming other things or people after the deceased.
For instance, in some cultures it is common for a newborn child to
receive the name (a necronym) of a relative who has recently died,
while in others to reuse such a name would be considered extremely
inappropriate or even forbidden. While this varies from culture to
culture, the use of necronyms is quite common.
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