By Morton S. Freeman
Do you approve of censoring the works of significant writers? a few may contend that to bowdlerize an outstanding writer's paintings will be to decrease its total caliber. Others, like Thomas Bowdler, whose eraser danced over each Shakespeare play, could argue that every one modest humans might be capable of learn an outstanding paintings with out blushing. For attacking the classics, Mr. Bowdler has been immortalized because the world's best-known, self-appointed literary censor. and thanks to his efforts the time period bowdlerize has develop into eponymous along with his identify. then again, the observe bikini--defined as a two-piece bathing go well with for women--has been a linguistic secret on the grounds that 1947 whilst those fits have been first obvious at the shores of the French Riviera, a 12 months after the USA begun trying out atom bombs at the Bikini atoll of the Marshall Islands. a few stunned humans acknowledged that the effect of the scanty go well with on male seashore loungers was once just like the devastating influence of the atomic bomb. Whoosh! an easier and extra credible suggestion is that the bold swimsuits resembled the apparel worn by means of girls at the Bikini atoll.
Created a few century in the past, the time period eponym is itself a coinage from Greek phrases, epi, "on" or "upon," and onama, "a name." yet its broadened which means, as dictionaries set it out, refers to a be aware derived from a formal identify. for example, Salisbury steak--a renowned diner menu merchandise made from universal hamburger and dressed up with brown gravy to make it extra appealing--is named for James H. Salisbury, an English general practitioner who promoted a nutrition of flooring pork.
A Dictionary of Eponyms explores the origins of countless numbers of those daily phrases from Argyle socks to zeppelins. Written in an wonderful and anecdotal kind, and with a foreword by means of Edwin Newman, the ebook contains a short biography of the person whose identify grew to become linked to an merchandise or suggestion in addition to details on how and whilst the identify entered the language.
If you have ever puzzled simply the place phrases like cardigan sweater, pamphlet, and robot come from, Morton Freeman does greater than easily outline them--he brings them to life.