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An Epiphany of Eponyms


Jeff Grant


An eponym is a word derived from the name of an actual person or a fictional or mythical character. There are lots of them in everyday use, for example boycott, sandwich, spoonerism, and erotic, which can be traced back to Captain Charles Boycott, the Earl of Sandwich, Rev. W. A. Spooner and Eros, the Greek love-god. Here are 26 interesting eponyms, one for each letter of the alphabet. Some may surprise you!