By John Marciano

An encyclopedia of linguistic biographies: the witty, illustrated tales of the Earl of Sandwich, Charles Boycott, and different old figures higher referred to as phrases than humans.

Eponymous, adj. Giving one’s identify to an individual, position, or factor.

Anonymous, adj. Anonymous.

Anonyponymous, adj. Anonymous and eponymous.

The Earl of Sandwich, keen on salted pork and coupled slices of toast, discovered a unique option to consume all of them jointly. Etienne de Silhouette, a former French finance minister, used to be so notoriously reasonable that his identify grew to become a byword for chintzy practices—such as substituting a darkened define for a formal painted portrait. either bequeathed their names to the language, yet neither guy is remembered.

In this shrewdpermanent and humorous publication, John Bemelmans Marciano illuminates the lives of those anonyponymous folks. a type of encyclopedia of linguistic biographies, the e-book is prepared alphabetically, giving the tales of each person from Abu “algorithm” Al-Khwarizmi to count number Ferdinand von Zeppelin. in addition to them you'll locate the likes of Harry Shrapnel, Joseph-Ignace Guillotine, and plenty of other folks whose vernacular legacies have lengthy outlived their reminiscence.

Accented via a laugh line graphics and brief etymological essays on matters like “superhero eponyms,” Anonyponymous is either a compendium of minutiae and a window into the attention-grabbing international of etymology.  conscientiously curated and unfailingly witty, this ebook is either a phenomenal reward for language enthusiasts and a real excitement to read.

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Pl. ‫ ﹶﺃ ﹾﻫﺪﺍﻑ‬goal, target; intention, 86 | 17673 | +spo objective; (in sports) goal, point of death ‫ﹺ‬ ‫ﹺ‬ ‫ﻴﺠﺔ‬ ‫ ﻧﹶﺘ ﹶ‬n. pl. ‫ ﻧﹶﺘﺎﺋﺞ‬result, outcome; consequence; ‫ ﻧﹶﺘﹺﻴﺠ ﹰﺔ ﻟـﹺ‬as a result of ‫ﹶ‬ ‫ ﻭﺇﻧﲈ ﺑﻔﻀﻞ‬،‫ﺷﻔﺎﺅﻩ ﻣﻦ ﺍﻷﺯﻣﺔ ﱂ ﻳﺄﺕ ﻧﺘﻴﺠﺔ ﺍﻷﺩﻭﻳﺔ‬ ‫ — ﺻﻼﺑﺔ ﺩﺍﺧﻠﻴﺔ‬His recovery from the crisis did 98 | 15682 | not come as a result of medications, but thanks ‫ ﻭﻟﻜﻦ ﻟﻴﺲ‬،‫ﺍﻥ ﻫﺪﻓﻨﺎ ﻫﻮ ﲡﻮﻳﻊ ﺍﻟﺸﻌﺐ ﺍﻟﻔﻠﺴﻄﻴﻨﻲ‬ ‫ — ﺍﱃ ﺩﺭﺟﺔ ﺍﳌﻮﺕ‬Our goal is to starve out 225 the Palestinian people, but not to the point 219 to (his) inner strength ‫ ﹶﻋﻼ ﹶﻗﺔ‬n.

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