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A.Word.A.Daywith Anu Garg
You could pay to have a football stadium named after yourself. You might be able to have a hospital wing named in your honor. But there's something money can't buy: having a word coined after your name, so that you become part of the language. Such words are called eponyms, from Greek epi- (after) + -onym (name).
Five people (some from real life, others from fiction) in this week's words achieved that feat, though not intentionally. All of these names have become eponyms.
MEANING:noun: A complimentary ticket; pass.
ETYMOLOGY:After Annie Oakley (1860-1926), U.S. markswoman renowned for her skill at shooting, from association of the punched ticket with one of her bullet-riddled targets.
USAGE:"If you're lucky, you've got an Annie Oakley."
Tom Rouillard; Big Top Goes Up Today; The Herald (Rock Hill, South Carolina); May 1, 1996.
Explore "Annie Oakley" in the Visual Thesaurus.
A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:The machine has got to be accepted, but it is probably better to accept it rather as one accepts a drug -- that is, grudgingly and suspiciously. Like a drug, the machine is useful, dangerous, and habit-forming. The oftener one surrenders to it the tighter its grip becomes. -George Orwell, novelist (1903-1950)
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