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Offline bookworm

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hey, namesake
« on: January 19, 2022, 09:18:01 pm »
When two people of the same name meet each other in school, workplace, etc., how do they address each other? In our language, we sometimes use a term and it sounds like the following:

1. James is addressing his classmate with the same name.

   Hey, namesake, have you seen my (public) post on [social media]?​

2. Jane is referring to Peter's coworker with the same name.

   - I forgot to send the fax to the client before I left. I cannot find the document now.​
   - Don't worry. It was sent by your namesake yesterday before shredding the document (with sensitive details).​

But I don't think native speakers use the word namesake that way. What do you normally expect to hear in that situation?
English is my second language.

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Re: hey, namesake
« Reply #1 on: January 20, 2022, 09:50:09 am »
Just the name. If you need to make it really clear which person you are talking about you might use first name and last name.

1. Hey, James, have you seen my (public) post on [social media]?​

2. I forgot to send the fax to the client before I left. I cannot find the document now.​
   Don't worry. It was sent by your Peter (Smith) yesterday before shredding the document (with sensitive details).​
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