Word for the day- words originating from a person’s name


I like to play around on a word website called Word Dynamo and ran into an interesting list of eponyms, which are words that are derived from a real or mythical person’s name. Another definition is that eponyms are people or things, whether real or fictitious, after which a particular place, tribe, era, discovery, or other item is named or thought to be named.

Some I had never known are:
André-Marie Ampère — ampere — unit of electric current, Ampère’s law

Amelia Bloomer (1818–1894) — bloomers

Captain Charles Cunningham Boycott (1832–1897) — boycott

To peruse a list or two, check out: http://users.tinyonline.co.uk/gswithenbank/eponyms.htm or
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_eponyms_(A-K)

fun fun funnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn ;>

Energetically, Diane Tegarden

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