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Eponyms: Mumpsimus is Not One #1335
04/10/00 07:44 PM 04/10/00 07:44 PM
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Northern California vjmantor OP
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.
Re: Eponyms: Mumpsimus is Not One #1336
05/18/02 06:24 PM 05/18/02 06:24 PM
Joined: Apr 2002
manchester uk dodyskin
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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