By Morton S. Freeman
Do you approve of censoring the works of significant writers? a few may possibly 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, could argue that every one modest humans will be in a position to 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 develop into eponymous along with his identify. on the other hand, the be aware bikini--defined as a two-piece bathing swimsuit for women--has been a linguistic secret considering that 1947 whilst those fits have been first obvious at the shores of the French Riviera, a yr after the U.S. 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 go well with on male seashore loungers was once just like the devastating impression of the atomic bomb. Whoosh! an easier and extra credible proposal is that the bold swimsuits resembled the apparel worn through 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 healthcare professional who promoted a nutrition of floor pork. A Dictionary of Eponyms explores the origins of 1000's of those daily phrases from Argyle socks to zeppelins. Written in an pleasing and anecdotal kind, and with a foreword by way of Edwin Newman, the e-book contains a short biography of the person whose identify grew to become linked to an merchandise or idea in addition to details on how and whilst the identify entered the language.If you have ever puzzled simply the place phrases like cardigan sweater, pamphlet, and robotic come from, Morton Freeman does greater than easily outline them--he brings them to lifestyles.
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ANGISM Boulangism is a wave of political hysteria that swept over France, especially in Paris, during the years 1886-1889. Its purpose was to support General Georges Ernest Jean Marie Boulanger (1837-1891), a military leader who advocated revenge on Germany. As Minister of War (1886— 1887), he achieved some popularity for army reforms, but more particularly for his handsome military figure. When he was relieved of his command, his approval rating did not drop; it increased. Boulanger acquired the title Man on Horseback because he habitually appeared before the public mounted on a magnificent charger.
To this end, he gave up his palace and his inheritance to search for the truth and to bring peace to India. After seven years of searching, the truth came to his mind as he sat under a sacred fig tree, called a pipal or bo tree. This was at Buddh Gaya, India, from which the name Buddha was taken. " He believed that hatred will never stop until it comes under the power of love. The well-trained mind holds a kindly attitude toward those around, above, or below it. And the love of one's enemies is the crowning jewel of Buddhist life.
It was a spectacular show with much shooting and riding by cowboys. Annie Oakley, the champion marksman, became a highlight. And Sitting Bull, the American Dakota Indian leader, was an outstanding attraction. But as happens to many celebrities who were once legends in the entertainment field, Buffalo Bill developed mounting financial problems that reduced him to poverty level. Gone were his glorious shooting days. Gone were Annie Oakley and Sitting Bull. And gone was the life Buffalo Bill had known.
A New Dictionary of Eponyms (Oxford Paperback Reference) by Morton S. Freeman