04 March 2009

Blogging Tips : 30 Words Originated from People’s Names

First of all let me tell you: if you are not subscribed to Daily Writing Tips, you are missing some good stuff. Some months ago I decided to step back as the editor there, and to transfer all the editorial tasks to Maeve, our English Ph.D.. Well, she has been doing a terrific work with the daily posts.

In fact today she published a really good article titled 30 Words Inspired by 29 People and An Elephant. Check the introduction:

Many eponyms derive from deliberate choices to call a product, invention, or scientific discovery after the person most closely associated with it, for example: macadam, guillotine, pasteurisation.

Sometimes scientific terms are coined to honor a famous person or a friend, for example, watt, ohm, and dahlia.

Other eponyms derive from characters in fiction, mythology, or geographical locations, for example rambo, hermaphrodite, marathon.

Eponyms I find especially interesting are those that derive not from a deliberate naming process, but from distinctive associations with specific individuals.

Here are 30 eponyms that owe their existence to something–physical features, manner of dress, writing style, profession, or behavior–associated with specific people (and one elephant).

If you want to discover the 30 words that were inspired by 29 people and an elephant, just head to the full post. I am sure you will like it.

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30 Words Originated from People’s Names

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