I am quoting this from Wikipedia:
'A distinction is normally made in current linguistics between proper nouns and proper names. By this strict distinction, because the termnoun is used for a class of single words (tree, beauty), only single-word proper names are proper nouns: Peter and Africa are both proper names and proper nouns; but Peter the Great and South Africa, while they are proper names, are not proper nouns (though they could be said to function as proper noun phrases).'
I never knew there was a distinction. I always thought proper nouns and proper names were merely synonymous terms. Are they?
I hope you can help me understand this better.
Thank you so much.