word origins - people's names.

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  1. mathman Valued Senior Member

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    Shrapnel and sandwich are common words, named after inventors. Others?
     
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  5. James R Just this guy, you know? Staff Member

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    Not necessarily inventors, but here are some common words named after people:

    guillotine
    pasteurisation
    bowdlerise
    boycott
    cardigan
    casanova
    chauvinism
    caesarian
    gerrymander
    leotard
    martinet
    masochism
    sadism
    pompadour
    quisling
    sideburns
    wellingtons
    ritzy
    saxophone
    bloomers
    dunce

    There are lots of scientific units named after scientists, like:

    Celcius
    Joule
    Fahrenheit
    farad
    faraday
    gauss
    gray
    coulomb
    henry
    curie
    decibel
    Kelvin

    Foods:

    pavlova
    stroganoff
    praline

    From characters in plays and books:

    hooligan
    malapropism
     
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  7. James R Just this guy, you know? Staff Member

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    Also, there are lots of adjectives referring to people, like:

    abrahamic
    aegean
    American
    Aristolean
    Augustinian
    bacchanalian
    benedictine
    boolean
    Byronic
    Christian
    Cyrillic
    Daliesque
    Dantesque
    Darwinian
    Davidian
    Cartesian
    Dickensian
    Edwardian
    Euclidean
    eupicurian
    fallopian
    Faustian
    Fortean
    Freudian
    Galilean
    gargantuan
    Gregorian
    Hamiltonian
    herculean
    hermaphroditic
    hermetic
    Hippocratic
    Hobbsian
    Holmesian
    Homeric
    Humean
    Kafkaesque
    Kantian
    Lagrangian
    Lorentzian
    Machiavellian
    Maoist
    martial
    Marxist
    McCarthyist
    Napoleonic
    Oedipal
    ohmic
    Orwellian
    Panglossian
    Promethean
    Ptolemaic
    pyrrhic
    protean
    Pythagorean
    Pythonesque
    Rubenesque
    sadistic
    satanic
    Saturnine
    Shakespearean
    Sisyphean
    Socratic
    stentorian
    thespian
    titanic
    vestal
    Victorian
    Wagnerian
     
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  8. exchemist Valued Senior Member

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    Wellington, hence wellies.
    Poubelle (French for dustbin)
    Hoover (vacum cleaner)
    Crap
     
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    Archimedes' screw
    Pasteurisation
    The Beaufort scale
    Adam's apple??
     

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