"Called" rather than "named" for people

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Toadie

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English
I often hear non-North Americans say things like "I met a guy called Tom" and things like that. I'm not wondering whether this is correct or acceptable, but does this construction sound uneducated to British ears? (as opposed to a "guy named Tom")
 
  • moonglade

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    English - American
    Called, named, considered, labeled, designated, branded.... some choices might be strange, but none strike me as particularly uneducated.

    "I convened a rendezvous with a gallant tagged Ruben by the denizens of Brusky Cove."
     

    sdgraham

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    USA English
    I often hear non-North Americans say things like "I met a guy called Tom" and things like that. I'm not wondering whether this is correct or acceptable, but does this construction sound uneducated to British ears? (as opposed to a "guy named Tom")
    More than likely, the guy called "Tom" is named "Thomas."

    This subject goes on and on....

    a man named John/a man called John
    named/called
    Named/called
    named as or called
    named and called
    http://forum.wordreference.com/showthread.php?t=1635481
     
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