By Morton S. Freeman
Do you approve of censoring the works of significant writers? a few may perhaps contend that to bowdlerize an outstanding writer's paintings will be to decrease its total caliber. Others, like Thomas Bowdler, whose eraser danced over each Shakespeare play, might argue that each one modest humans can be capable of learn a very good paintings with out blushing. For attacking the classics, Mr. Bowdler has been immortalized because the world's best-known, self-appointed literary censor. and thanks to his efforts the time period bowdlerize has turn into eponymous along with his identify. on the other hand, the note bikini--defined as a two-piece bathing go well with for women--has been a linguistic secret considering that 1947 whilst those fits have been first obvious at the shorelines of the French Riviera, a 12 months after the us all started checking out atom bombs at the Bikini atoll of the Marshall Islands. a few surprised humans acknowledged that the effect of the scanty suit on male seashore loungers was once just like the devastating impression of the atomic bomb. Whoosh! a less complicated and extra credible concept is that the bold swimsuits resembled the apparel worn by way of ladies at the Bikini atoll.
Created a few century in the past, the time period eponym is itself a coinage from Greek phrases, epi, "on" or "upon," and onama, "a name." yet its broadened that means, as dictionaries set it out, refers to a be aware derived from a formal identify. for example, Salisbury steak--a renowned diner menu merchandise produced from universal hamburger and dressed up with brown gravy to make it extra appealing--is named for James H. Salisbury, an English medical professional who promoted a nutrition of floor pork.
A Dictionary of Eponyms explores the origins of hundreds of thousands of those daily phrases from Argyle socks to zeppelins. Written in an enjoyable and anecdotal type, and with a foreword through Edwin Newman, the booklet incorporates a short biography of the person whose identify turned linked to an merchandise or suggestion in addition to details on how and while the identify entered the language.
If you have ever questioned simply the place phrases like cardigan sweater, pamphlet, and robot come from, Morton Freeman does greater than easily outline them--he brings them to life.