In 2001, she was named/dubbed/assigned a United Nations Goodwill Ambassador.


In 2001, she was named a United Nations Goodwill Ambassador ... She was heartbroken, seeing firsthand the poor conditions that refugees faced.

I interpret the underlined parts of the above as the following. Correct me if I am wrong. Thanks.

...appointed/dubbed/assigned ... in person ...
  • Joelline

    Senior Member
    American English
    Regarding "named," you are correct; however, few would use "dubbed" in AE (the only people who are "dubbed," nowadays, are knights, I think!). Since we don't know if she was appointed, nominated, or elected, the most general term would be "made": "She was made a UN Goodwill Ambassador..."

    Regarding "firsthand," in this context, "in person" would be acceptable. Perhaps, however, "seeing for herself" would be a better paraphrase; it would certainly be more common.
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