Isn’t this a beautiful word? Unlike my previous bon mot, this one pleasantly rolls off the tongue. A sobriquet is an alternative name given to a person, place, or thing that often comes to be more widely used than the original name. For example, calling New York City “The Big Apple” or referring to William Shakespeare as “The Bard”. Typically the name is given by another, not oneself (in the case of a person). I first heard the term sobriquet while reading a delightful book by Martha Grimes, Fadeaway Girl, and tonight I heard it again while watching the TV show White Collar. Though the more I learn about sobriquet, I would argue that the way it was used in White Collar wasn’t quite right. A better word would have been “moniker”, as they were referring to a thief who calls himself “The Architect” but isn’t known by any other name. If you’re going to toss in a word like sobriquet, be sure you’re using it correctly. I forgive them though, as the line was delivered by my favorite character, Mozzie, who can often be heard quoting The Bard as well as many others.