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Nomenclator means "name caller" in Latin (from nomen, meaning "name," and the verb calare, meaning "to call"). In ancient Rome, the nomenclator's job was to call out or whisper the names of people as they approached a candidate during a political rally. Whether the idea was to make the politician look good, as though he himself remembered everyone personally, or simply to apprise him of more names than he was ever expected to remember himself is open to question. What's quite certain is that in modern times the job title names one who creates new names for things. Nomenclator is applied especially to those who help create a nomenclature - a system of terms for a particular discipline.
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