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Wednesday, 6 May 2020

Nuts and Bolts: eponyms

Eponyms are names of people, real or fictional, connected to a product or place. They work in both directions, as it were: the waterproof boots called wellies are named after the Duke of Wellington; so the word wellies is an eponym of Wellington, and Wellington is the eponym of wellies.

The word eponym is also used loosely to describe something which is named after a place. Denim, for instance, comes originally from the French city of Nîmes. 

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photo by Lion Hirth (Prissantenbär)

Mind you, if you're going to use technical terms then you might as well be accurate as well, and call something named after a place a toponym.

Thing To Use Today: an eponym. This word comes from the Greek word epōnumos, which means giving a significant name. 

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