I have written a book about a medical doctor who died. This doctor's spirit however comes back and takes control of normal, random people to continue his medical profession. Hence, the spirit is a medical doctor.

The problem

I would like to call the book The doctor spirit 'Dr. Tom'. I'm aware that the noun compound 'doctor spirit' sounds somewhat awkward but 'spirit doctor' would convey the wrong meaning. I'm also aware that the word 'doctor' is in there twice but I believe that through the quotes, the second half of the title is differentiated from the first half.

Question 1

On a scale from 0 (not awkward at all) to 10 (extremely awkward), how awkward does 'doctor spirit' sound to you?

Question 2

Do you think one of these title options is better:

" The medical spirit 'Dr. Tom' " or "Dr. Tom - the medical spirit" or simply "The Doctor Spirit"?

In the title, I want to keep the information that the doctor is a spirit. Simply "The spirit of Dr. Tom" doesn't do the trick for me.

What would you recommend and can you post one or two title suggestions?

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    I believe this is accumulating close vote because the answer is a matter of opinion. Our site tour may help clarify why this is a problem. – Goodbye Stack Exchange Sep 27 '17 at 0:48
  • Nothing against you Neil, I appreciate your feedback. To those who closed it ...'opinion based' .... seems like some individuals don't dare to dabble their yet-so-excellent command of English in matters that involve unfamiliar noun compounds. This question was closed on 'English Language & Usage' too ..maybe they should take out 'Usage' from their forum title. ..Maybe those people should work on a more appropriate title for their web platform in stead of closing down threads. – johann_ka Sep 27 '17 at 2:33
  • The problem is that this is opinion based. People have to provide an opinion on whether it is a good title or not and then provide you with an opinion on what they think would or would not be a better title. This isn't a forum or thread of open ended discussions, but rather a Q&A site with objective solutions to the said question. This could also be considered a critique of your title, which is also off-topic as we don't do critiques under the current format. I understand it is frustrating when looking for help, but this is the format of stack exchange. – ggiaquin16 Sep 27 '17 at 20:54

I would personally swap the name and title, so it would be "Dr. Tom", the doctor (medicine) spirit, just like "Dr. Quinn, medicine woman".

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  • Thank Alex, I will think about 'medicine spirit'. ..This noun compound seems pretty American to me but I yeah, I will take that into account. – johann_ka Sep 27 '17 at 2:23

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