Even Latin you have to leave to be able to find the etymological origin of the word denomination that now occupies us. There we discovered that it is a term that comes from the word “denominatio”, which was the process by which a person was given a name in order to identify them. It also applied to the action that was done, in the same way, with an object.
“Denominatio” is made up of three clearly delimited parts: the prefix “- ”, which indicates a direction from top to bottom; the noun “nomen”, which can be translated as “name”, and finally the suffix that indicates action and effect.
The denomination is he qualification, the Name or the nickname that allows to distinguish a person or a thing. When naming an object, a term is attributed to it that makes it possible to identify it with others. For instance: “The German manufacturer has announced the name of its new car: Solertum”, “The name of the championship surprised the participating clubs”, “The new owners intend to change the name of the theater”.
Most things have a designation so that people can identify them Y recognize them. It should be noted that the denomination can work at different levels. Gibson Les Paul is the name of an electric guitar model manufactured by Gibson: However, a musician can give a more specific name to a guitar of this model and baptize it as “Paulina”.
In some cases, the official denomination of something differs from the most used denomination. Fans of soccer refer to the most important tournament organized by the South American Football Confederation What Libertadores Cup, although its official name varies according to the main sponsor. Thus, the cup has been called, at different times, as Toyota Libertadores Cup or Santander Libertadores Cup.
It is known as Appellation of origin or Protected Designation of Origin, on the other hand, to an official name that is assigned to certain products as a guarantee of its origin and its quality. The sherry wine, the Huelva ham and the Chilean pisco are some products with Appellation of origin.
It is important to know that for a product to be framed within a specific appellation of origin, it must meet a series of fundamental requirements such as the following:
• It is vital that the production, transformation and elaboration process take place within what would be the geographical scope of the aforementioned quality standard.
• It is necessary that the producers of the article commit themselves, in the same way, to all the controls and certification processes that are established and determined by the regulatory councils.
• It is also essential that the product in question meets a series of characteristics in terms of properties or quality.
That the consumer can clearly identify the product that he purchases or that he has complete assurance that the article in question has a degree of differentiation and of superior quality to the rest is what is pursued, among other things, with the implementation of the denominations of origin.
In some cases, the Appellation of origin gets confused with the common name of the product. That happens with the Roquefort cheese, whose generic name should be blue cheese.