Tuesday, 6 December 2011

How Many Eponyms Do You Know?

the term is a word derived from the name of a real, fictional or mythical character or person,

so how many do you know? here are a few examples,

we pay homage to the Christian religion every time we say Bluetooth, in the 10th Century King Of Denmark, Harald Bluetooth, was responsible for spreading Christianity across Scandinavia, when Swedish mobile phone firm Ericsson wanted a name signifying good communications, they dug into history to choose his,

most have heard of Granny Smith apples,  Maria Ann Smith was genuinely a grandmother who died not knowing that she had given the world one of the best varieties,

the highest mountain was named after the Surveyor General of India, Sir George Everest by the next Surveyor General, in 1856, Andrew Waugh fixed the height of what was known as Peak XV at 29,002ft,

and lastly for this post I could not go without mention cars, Cadillac, Henry Martyn Leland was the co-founder of the marque which is now owned by General Motors, he named the car in honour of his ancestor Le Sieur Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac, go back to 1701 in what was known as “French North America.” a small party of men made their way upstream from Lake Erie, the officer commanding the detachment stepped ashore on what would later be known as Detroit, the officer was of course Le Sieur Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac,

for more eponyms here is Christmas present for you! Harvey Wallbangers and Tam O'Shanters: A Book of Eponyms.

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