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Made-Up Names
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One day's New York Times has two articles in which Times writers use what may be fake names to refer to people they know.

A review by Jon Caramanica of a men's clothing store reports, "I brought my friend (we'll call him Laird) on this expedition." Is the friend's name actually Laird? If so, why not just write, "I brought my friend Laird on this expedition"? And if the friend is not named Laird, why go to the trouble of making up a fictional name for him? Why not just use his real name, or leave him out of the story altogether, or not name him at all?

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