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Difference between Call names and Name names

call namessubject a person to angry or violent attack in words:

  • He replied to my innocent jokes by calling names.

name namesmention people (involved in some reprehensible activity) by name:

  • Valachi has named names and drawn a master plan of the Syndicate (which the underworld refers to as Cosa Nostra).

Note: The expression does not correlate in meaning with the phrase drop names—(also: name-drop) familiarly mention the names of distinguished people in order to imply one’s own importance:

  • The man who shot her, incidentally, is called Lord Lichfield—just one of the names dropped thuddingly at every opportunity.