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ThemeVan says

Hi, I’m thinking the name for my new theme, a basic question that can I use “indep” to instead of “independent”, is that correct? For example, “An independent me”, Can I write it as “An indep me”? Thanks!

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joiaco says

I’ve done a lot of English editing but I have never seen that used. But then I am ‘old’ school :) I suppose you are being independent by using it!

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ThemeVan says

I’ve done a lot of English editing but I have never seen that used. But then I am ‘old’ school, it might be a new thing ;)

Thanks, I just want to register a domain name for my theme, so I don’t want the name too long. :D

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WebSmacker says

No, most people wouldn’t see that as independent when reading. The first thing I thought was “In-depth”

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jesshooper says

Maybe the word you’re looking for is “indie”? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indie

It is more often used by musicians, but the meaning is possibly well-known enough that people would understand. You can’t replace it for every use of the word ‘independent’ though, it only makes sense sometimes.

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Joost Volunteer moderator says

No, most people wouldn’t see that as independent when reading. The first thing I thought was “In-depth”

Exactly this. I would definitely not use it in a domain name, as it’s very unclear what you mean.

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SelfPublishServices says

I work as a book editor, and this would never get through.

jesshooper said what I would say, the word to use is Indie.

Indie is used to show that you can do things independently, so it would fit with what you want. The three most common usages are for music, books & films, but it can be used for anything.

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ThemeVan says

Maybe the word you’re looking for is “indie”? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indie It is more often used by musicians, but the meaning is possibly well-known enough that people would understand. You can’t replace it for every use of the word ‘independent’ though, it only makes sense sometimes.

I can use indie for independent designers?

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jesshooper says

You can! Here’s a few examples:

“badjohnny is an indie web designer”—> Makes sense.

“I’m an indie designer”—> Makes sense.

“This is an indie website”—> Does not make sense, as websites aren’t really “independent” of anything. I would use it to describe you, but not your designs. Does that make sense? :)

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mrcharlesbrown says

You can! Here’s a few examples:

“badjohnny is an indie web designer”—> Makes sense.

“I’m an indie designer”—> Makes sense.

“This is an indie website”—> Does not make sense, as websites aren’t really “independent” of anything. I would use it to describe you, but not your designs. Does that make sense? :)

Or you could try to use ‘Individualistic’. You can shorten it down to ‘Indiv.’

An indiv-designer.

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