Anonyponymous: The Forgotten People Behind Everyday Words by John Marciano

By John Marciano

An encyclopedia of linguistic biographies: the witty, illustrated tales of the Earl of Sandwich, Charles Boycott, and different historic figures larger 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 pork and coupled slices of toast, chanced on a singular technique to devour all of them jointly. Etienne de Silhouette, a former French finance minister, used to be so notoriously reasonable that his identify turned 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 shrewdpermanent and humorous ebook, John Bemelmans Marciano illuminates the lives of those anonyponymous folks. a type of encyclopedia of linguistic biographies, the publication is prepared alphabetically, giving the tales of each person from Abu “algorithm” Al-Khwarizmi to count number Ferdinand von Zeppelin. in addition to them you'll locate the likes of Harry Shrapnel, Joseph-Ignace Guillotine, and lots of people whose vernacular legacies have lengthy outlived their reminiscence.

Accented through a laugh line snap shots and brief etymological essays on matters like “superhero eponyms,” Anonyponymous is either a compendium of trivialities and a window into the attention-grabbing global of etymology.  rigorously curated and unfailingly witty, this e-book is either a lovely reward for language fans and a real excitement to learn.

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26-30, is the last to collect the references to these, and to relate them, as did Mr Clodd in his Tom-Tit-Tot, to the general practice of Verbal Magic. T H E POWER OF WORDS 27 of power, for nomina as numina^ must have appeared overwhelming. In ancient Egypt precautions were taken to prevent the extinction of the eighth or Name-soul, and to cause its continuance along with the names of the Gods. , Word : the Word having a personality like that of a human being. The Creation of the world was due to the interpretation in words by Thoth of the will of the deity.

Where it is contended that linguistic considerations " guided, but did not decide " the classification. D. various peripatetic eclectics had maintained that the categories were entirely concerned with words, though as Dr P. Rotta suggests (La Filosofia del Linguaggio nella Pattistica e nella Scholastica, p. 56), this is, perhaps, rather from the angle of the nominalist-realist controversy. 3 T. , pp. 40-41. "; and in one form of the game, at any rate, the respondent was expected to answer simply Yes or No.

1 Sell, The Faith of Islam, p. 185. Hopkins, Religions of India, p. 184. , p. 76. , p. 501. Hence the name Adonai, read instead of the ineffable Name; from which, by insertion of the vowels of Adonai in the tetragrammaton. we got Jehovah. 2 3 THE POWER OF WORDS 29 In some ways the twentieth century suffers more grievously than any previous age from the ravages of such verbal superstitions. Owing, however, to developments in the methods of communication, and the creation of many special symbolic systems, the form of the disease has altered considerably; and, apart from the peculiar survival of religious apologetic, now takes more insidious forms than of yore.

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