I'm looking for the best word to use describing the entity that will have a duplicate or duplicates associated with, the one that will remain, say, during a merging process, while the duplicate of it will be removed (be archived / hidden... etc).
Here are the possibilities:
- Master - I saw / heard this one being used the most, someone told me it's sexist / politically incorrect as it is referring to a male
- Main - Not sure if it's the best for my use-case, but might be another good choice in my eyes
- Original - Although this one assumes the creator of the duplicate was aware of the existence of the "Original"...?
- Parent - I don't think of this as a parent child relationship, it's more like twins, then again someone told me twins "are born at the same time"
EDIT: I'm not looking for an academic's answer, I'm looking for a best practice in an app, eg. what would users of an app react the best to / feel being the most intuitive to use / see the easiest to understand / think of it as the most accurate description of the function / feature they're are looking for when they're associating / merging duplicates.