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cryptonym (KRIP-tuh-nim) noun
A code name or a secret name.
[From Greek crypto- (secret, hidden) + -onym (word, name).]
"`Bek' was Sergei Kurnakov, a Soviet journalist working in New York;
`Camp-2' was the US scientific research centre at Los Alamos, and
`Enormous' was Moscow's cryptonym for the Manhattan Project, America's
top-secret programme to develop the atomic bomb."
"During my first visit to Mount Wilson Observatory, in the late '50s,
solar observer Tommy Cragg took me to its library. I remember being
blown away; this kid had never dreamed that so many astronomy books
existed! One huge set was labeled `AGK2,' and this cryptonym piqued
This week's theme: words to describe words.
Never idealize others. They will never live up to your expectations. -Leo Buscaglia, author, speaker and professor (1924-1998)