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Eponyms -- AWAD's perennial favorites -- make their appearance once again. If we featured nothing but eponyms every day it would be several years before we'd run out. There's a reason for their popularity: where else can you a find a whole story in just one word? And there's a reason for their abundance: it's often easiest to name something after its inventor.
This week's selection features words named after people -- famous and infamous, real and fictional, well-known and obscure.
pinchbeck (PINCH-bek) noun
An alloy of zinc and copper, used as imitation gold in jewelry.
Counterfeit or spurious.
[After watchmaker Christopher Pinchbeck (1670-1732), who invented it. It's ironic that today his name is a synonym for something counterfeit but in his time his fame was worldwide, not only as the inventor of this curious alloy but also as a maker of musical clocks and orreries. The composition of this gold-like alloy was a closely-guarded secret but it didn't prevent others from passing off articles as if made from this alloy... faking fake gold!]
-Anu Garg (words at wordsmith.org)
"Blackpool is more than a tower of lights and a rhinestone mile of slots
and seasonal variety acts. It is Lancashire's pinchbeck LA."
Love involves a peculiar, unfathomable combination of understanding and misunderstanding. -Diane Arbus, photographer (1923-1971)
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