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Real McCoy and 149 other Eponyms

by Claire Cock-Starkey Bodleian Library
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Hbk 144 pages
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The English language is rich with eponyms - words that are named after an individual - some better known than others. This book features 150 of the most interesting and enlightening specimens, delving into the origins of the words and describing the fascinating people after whom they were named.


Eponyms are derived from numerous sources. Some are named in honour of a style icon, inventor or explorer, such as pompadour, Kalashnikov and Cadillac. Others have their roots in Greek or Roman mythology, such as panic and tantalise. A number of eponyms, however, are far from celebratory and were created to indicate a rather less positive association - into this category can be filed boycott, Molotov cocktail and sadist.


Encompassing eponyms from medicine, botany, invention, science, fashion, food and literature, this book uncovers the intriguing tales of discovery, mythology, innovation and infamy behind the eponyms we use every day. The perfect addition to any wordsmith's bookshelf.
"Those who have a fascination with the origin of place names and interesting words will appreciate the excellent research and clean, clever writing skills on display in this little book. Each of the 150 eponymous words or phrases in the book has its own fascinating story, and each is well told by the author. This is perfect for a road trip or to keep on the bedside table."
Claire Cock-Starkey is a writer and editor of non-fiction books, including 'A Library Miscellany' (2018), 'The Book Lovers' Miscellany' (2017), 'Bodleianalia' (2016) and 'Famous Last Words' (2016).