By John Marciano
An encyclopedia of linguistic biographies: the witty, illustrated tales of the Earl of Sandwich, Charles Boycott, and different historic figures higher often called phrases than humans.
Eponymous, adj. Giving one’s identify to someone, position, or factor.
Anonymous, adj. Anonymous.
Anonyponymous, adj. Anonymous and eponymous.
The Earl of Sandwich, keen on salted pork and coupled slices of toast, came upon a unique option to consume all of them jointly. Etienne de Silhouette, a former French finance minister, used to be so notoriously reasonable that his identify grew to become a byword for chintzy practices—such as substituting a darkened define for a formal painted portrait. either bequeathed their names to the language, yet neither guy is remembered.
In this smart and humorous booklet, John Bemelmans Marciano illuminates the lives of those anonyponymous individuals. a type of encyclopedia of linguistic biographies, the ebook is prepared alphabetically, giving the tales of all people from Abu “algorithm” Al-Khwarizmi to count number Ferdinand von Zeppelin. in addition to them you'll locate the likes of Harry Shrapnel, Joseph-Ignace Guillotine, and plenty of other folks whose vernacular legacies have lengthy outlived their reminiscence.
Accented via fun line pix and brief etymological essays on matters like “superhero eponyms,” Anonyponymous is either a compendium of minutiae and a window into the interesting international of etymology. rigorously curated and unfailingly witty, this ebook is either an exquisite present for language fanatics and a real excitement to learn.