Called or named ?

  • panjandrum

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    English-Ireland (top end)
    I don't think books are either called or named.
    It might be a bit formal to say it is entitled, though it is correct.
    The title of this book is "A Lucky Man". :)
     

    panjandrum

    Lapsed Moderator
    English-Ireland (top end)
    What are you reading?
    "A lucky man". << ... if it's obvious that I'm reading a book.
    OR
    A book called "A lucky man". << ... if it isn't.

    Now, that's puzzling me.
    Why does This book is called "A Lucky Man" sound strange to me, yet I might well answer A book called "A Lucky Man".

    It's probably because I'm irrational.
     

    LV4-26

    Senior Member
    I took the liberty to change the sentence a bit (and, consequently, the situation).

    I once read a book called The Lucky Man sounds fine to me.
    I once read a book entitled The Lucky Man sounds fine as well but I doubt I would say that.
    I once read a book named The Lucky Man.:confused: That doesn't work, obviously. I believe name can only be used for persons or living things. (or is it more complicated?)
     
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