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#1335 - 04/10/00 03:44 PM Eponyms: Mumpsimus is Not One
vjmantor Offline

Registered: 04/10/00
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Loc: Northern California
I believe Anu gives a mistaken impression when he labels mumpsimus an eponym. It's not, since it is not derived from the name of a person, as is boycott. A proper description of mumpsimus is the mispronunciation of a word or phrase by the transposition of letters or syllables, and that's called a spoonerism, which is an eponym, after William Archibald Spooner, (1844-1930) a British cleric.

#1336 - 05/18/02 02:24 PM Re: Eponyms: Mumpsimus is Not One
dodyskin Offline

Registered: 04/24/02
Posts: 475
Loc: manchester uk
Heres a related eponym,a colemanball, so named after David Coleman, a broadcaster famed for nonsensical and contradictory utterances.

"he couldn't have got any closer, although maybe he will this time"


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