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A.Word.A.Daywith Anu Garg
Eponyms are little capsules of history. They capture a bundle of stories in just a word or two. These terms, derived from the names of people, summarize their characters and qualities that made them stand out.
In the five eponyms to be explored this week, we'll meet people, men and women, real and fictional, from a diverse world that includes two playboys, seven sisters, an imaginary deity, and more. Sounds like a soap opera!
MEANING:noun: A man who pays excessive attention to his clothes and appearance.
ETYMOLOGY:After Beau Brummell, nickname of George Bryan Brummell (1778-1840), a British dandy. Brummell was known for his suits and elaborate neckwear and was considered an authority in matters of men's dress and etiquette. He rose in society thanks to his royal connections, but gambling debts forced him to flee to France. He died penniless in a mental institution in Caen.
USAGE:"He [father] possessed a Beau Brummell's zest for fashion."
Neal Hirschfeld; His Dad, the World's Darling; The New York Times; Jun 15, 2008.
Explore "Beau Brummell" in the Visual Thesaurus.
A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:What is freedom of expression? Without the freedom to offend, it ceases to exist. -Salman Rushdie, writer (b. 1947)
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