Anonyponymous: The Forgotten People Behind Everyday Words

Anonyponymous: The Forgotten People Behind Everyday Words

John Bemelmans Marciano


An encyclopedia of linguistic biographies: the witty, illustrated tales of the Earl of Sandwich, Charles Boycott, and different ancient figures greater often called phrases than humans.

Eponymous, adj. Giving one's identify to anyone, position, or factor.

Anonymous, adj. Anonymous.

Anonyponymous, adj. Anonymous and eponymous.

The Earl of Sandwich, keen on salted red meat and matched slices of toast, chanced on a singular technique to consume all of them jointly. Etienne de Silhouette, a former French finance minister, was once so notoriously affordable that his identify grew to become a byword for chintzy practices―such as substituting a darkened define for a formal painted portrait. either bequeathed their names to the language, yet neither guy is remembered.

In this smart and humorous ebook, John Bemelmans Marciano illuminates the lives of those anonyponymous individuals. one of those encyclopedia of linguistic biographies, the e-book is prepared alphabetically, giving the tales of everybody from Abu "algorithm" Al-Khwarizmi to count number Ferdinand von Zeppelin. in addition to them you will discover the likes of Harry Shrapnel, Joseph-Ignace Guillotine, and plenty of other folks whose vernacular legacies have lengthy outlived their reminiscence.

Accented through fun line photos and brief etymological essays on topics like "superhero eponyms," Anonyponymous is either a compendium of trivialities and a window into the interesting global of etymology. conscientiously curated and unfailingly witty, this ebook is either a phenomenal present for language enthusiasts and a real excitement to read.

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