Category talk:English eponyms

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bigot, bigotry[edit]

Thanks Dave. I guess this page had some misleading stuff. Maybe that's why it only exists in Google's cache now... — Hippietrail 22:47, 17 May 2005 (UTC)

Eponym vs. Eponymous term[edit]

<Jun-Dai 00:49, 22 Jun 2005 (UTC)>

I think this category should be changed to "English eponymous terms", as an eponym should properly refer to the name a term is derived from and not the other way around, at least according to my references. We needn't follow prescriptivist notions of "correct" when defining the terms, but we probably should when using them.


Hmm I'm not sure. This is what Collins says for eponym:
  1. a name, esp a place name, derived from the name of a real or mythical person, as for example Constantinople from Constantine I
  2. the name of the person from which such a name is derived in the Middle Ages, "Brutus" was thought to be the eponym of "Britain.";
And for eponymous:
  1. (of a person) being the person after whom a literary work, film, etc., is named the eponymous heroine in the film of Jane Eyre;
  2. (of a literary work, film, etc.) named after its central character or creator The Stooges' eponymous debut album;
Merriam Webster's #2 is more open:
  1. one for whom or which something is or is believed to be named
  2. a name (as of a drug or a disease) based on or derived from an eponym
But eponym is no extra help:
  1. of, relating to, or being an eponym
Some of these definitions don't seem to cover plain words no matter which term we prefer. But compare to the Wikipedia articlHippietrail 03:46, 22 Jun 2005 (UTC)

Parchment from the city of Pergamon[edit]

The word parchment is derived from the city of Pergamon. Would this suffice to qualify as an eponym? If not, would there be another term describing names derived from places or objects other than a particular person? __meco 11:31, 18 March 2007 (UTC)

English eponyms which don't have Wiktionary articles yet[edit]

English words sometimes claimed to be eponyms, sometimes not[edit]