By Morton S. Freeman
Do you approve of censoring the works of serious writers? a few may contend that to bowdlerize a superb 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 in a position to learn a superb paintings with no 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 develop into eponymous along with his identify. then again, the be aware bikini--defined as a two-piece bathing go well with for women--has been a linguistic secret for the reason that 1947 while those matches have been first visible at the seashores of the French Riviera, a 12 months after the U.S. started trying out atom bombs at the Bikini atoll of the Marshall Islands. a few surprised humans stated that the effect of the scanty go well with on male seashore loungers used to be just like the devastating influence of the atomic bomb. Whoosh! an easier and extra credible inspiration is that the bold swimsuits resembled the apparel worn by means 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 note derived from a formal identify. for example, Salisbury steak--a well known diner menu merchandise made out of universal hamburger and dressed up with brown gravy to make it extra appealing--is named for James H. Salisbury, an English healthcare professional who promoted a vitamin of flooring pork.
A Dictionary of Eponyms explores the origins of thousands of those daily phrases from Argyle socks to zeppelins. Written in an unique and anecdotal kind, and with a foreword via Edwin Newman, the publication incorporates a short biography of the person whose identify grew to become linked to an merchandise or suggestion in addition to details on how and while the identify entered the language.
If you've ever puzzled simply the place phrases like cardigan sweater, pamphlet, and robot come from, Morton Freeman does greater than easily outline them--he brings them to lifestyles.
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Ten years after the men met, Johnson arranged for the admittance of Boswell into the Literary Club that Johnson had founded. There Boswell was introduced to some of the greatest minds of England: Edmund Burke, Oliver Goldsmith, Sir Joshua Reynolds, and David Garrick. The Life of Samuel Johnson (1791) was not published until seven years after Johnson's death. Boswell inherited a substantial estate, which enabled him to do as he liked. And what he liked were matters of questionable morality. He was a man of intemperate habits, and it is said that his vanity often took him to the point of absurdity.
Bougainville served as aide-de-camp to General Louis de Montcalm in Canada during the French-Indian War and under Fran ois Joseph Paul, Comte de Grasse in the American Revolution. Bougainville was a man of many interests and abilities. His two-volume work on integral calculus earned him a membership in the Institut de France. In later years, Napoleon made him a senator, count of the empire, and member of the Legion of Honor. ANGISM Boulangism is a wave of political hysteria that swept over France, especially in Paris, during the years 1886-1889.
BRILL, Abraham Arden Brill (1874-1948) was born in Austria but came to the United States at an early age. D. degree in 1903. Brill pursued his interest in psychoanalysis during his university studies, and, after graduation, 32 went to Europe to train under the master Sigmund Freud. As a proponent of psychoanalysis, he practiced in the United States for forty years. Dr. Brill introduced Freudian psychoanalysis to the American medical profession. He sought to revolutionize the treatment of the mentally ill.
A New Dictionary of Eponyms by Morton S. Freeman