By Morton S. Freeman
Do you approve of censoring the works of significant writers? a few may possibly 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, may argue that every one modest humans can be capable of learn a 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 together with his identify. however, the be aware bikini--defined as a two-piece bathing swimsuit for women--has been a linguistic secret when you consider that 1947 while those fits have been first noticeable at the seashores of the French Riviera, a 12 months after the U.S. begun trying out atom bombs at the Bikini atoll of the Marshall Islands. a few surprised humans acknowledged that the influence of the scanty go well with on male seashore loungers used to be 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 by means of girls 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 which means, as dictionaries set it out, refers to a observe 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 surgeon who promoted a vitamin of flooring pork. A Dictionary of Eponyms explores the origins of countless numbers of those daily phrases from Argyle socks to zeppelins. Written in an enjoyable and anecdotal type, and with a foreword via Edwin Newman, the e-book contains a short biography of the person whose identify turned linked to an merchandise or inspiration in addition to info on how and whilst the identify entered the language.If you have ever questioned 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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BEEF, BEEF STROGANOFF, BEEF WELLINGTON, GHATEAUBRIAND Beef has been a standard food for many, many centuries. The eating of beef was mentioned in the Greek epics the Iliad and the Odyssey. King James II reportedly was so delighted by a roast from the loin end of beef that he dubbed it "Sir Loin," and from that moment the heavy ends of the beef loin came to be known as sirloin cuts. This, of course, may be apocryphal. From the cuts of beef have come many interesting and delectable dishes. One of the most famous comes from the eponym of a man not quite so famous—Count Paul Stroganoff, a nineteenth-century Russian diplomat.
In 1934 he became the first president of the Psychoanalytic Section of the Psychiatric Association. Brill remained a close friend of Freud and for fifteen years translated most of his major works into English as well as some of Carl Jung's works. Brill was also the author of several notable texts on psychoanalysis. BRODIE, DO A BRODIE Steve Brodie, a newsboy did on July 23, 1886, what people thought was impossible to do and still live. He jumped from the Manhattan side of the Brooklyn Bridge. And for that foolhardy leap, won a bet of $200.
First recorded by the Roman historian Suetonius (69-122) in The Lives of the Caesars, and borrowed later by Shakespeare. Shakespeare and other Elizabethan writers were largely responsible for the impression that Caesar was murdered in the Capitol. The expression "Caesar's wife must be above suspicion" followed the unveiling of a certain Clodius, a man who dressed in female garb and attended an affair for women. Caesar's second wife, Pompeia, was the hostess, and although Caesar didn't think his wife was guilty of infidelity, he nonetheless divorced her.
A New Dictionary of Eponyms (Oxford Paperback Reference) by Morton S. Freeman