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#202622 - 09/26/11 12:38 PM Eponyms  
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Are eponyms, as in today's word, Boswell, capitalized or not? Today's word in not capitalized in the subject field, but is in the example. When to cap, when not to?

#202624 - 09/26/11 02:20 PM Re: Eponyms [Re: SuzanC]  
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Hi Suzan...good question.
My understanding is that because an eponym is derived from a persons name and names (as proper nouns) are given a capital
letter...so to the eponym.

But I have noticed more and more that people are dropping the capital letter especially when the eponym has become so common place that it stands alone. Think diesel engine.

#202628 - 09/26/11 03:44 PM Re: Eponyms [Re: SuzanC]  
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#202630 - 09/26/11 05:43 PM Re: Eponyms [Re: Candy]  
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I think you're on the right track, Candy. Upper or lower case for an eponym is largely a matter of personal preference, but it also depends on how great the remove from the source. I think it would be difficult to refer to a boswell without a mental nod to James of that name, but a fleet of diesels can roll down the road without anyone giving a thought to Rudolf. How many athletes routinely dress in a jersey with no awareness of the island from which it takes its name? There may be strong opinions on the capitalization question, but I doubt that it can be boiled down to a rule.

Peter

#202640 - 09/27/11 12:47 PM Re: Eponyms [Re: SuzanC]  
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9/27 today's eponym is 'Quisling'. The date of his life is (1887-V1945). What does the 'V' stand for? Thanks

#202641 - 09/27/11 12:56 PM Re: Eponyms [Re: Insptr Clouseau]  
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The date of his life is (1887-V1945). What does the 'V' stand for?

Looks like a typo, possibly having to do with copy and pasting.


Ceci n'est pas un seing.
#202645 - 09/28/11 01:26 AM Re: Eponyms [Re: zmjezhd]  
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Oh yeah--I've typed many a V from hitting Shift instead of Ctrl.

I found this on a Wikipedia page--didn't bother to check verifications:
Main article: Quisling
During World War II, the word quisling became synonymous with traitor.[148] The term was coined by the British newspaper The Times in its leader of 15 April 1940, entitled "Quislings everywhere." The editorial asserted,

To writers, the word Quisling is a gift from the gods. If they had been ordered to invent a new word for traitor... they could hardly have hit upon a more brilliant combination of letters. Aurally it contrives to suggest something at once slippery and tortuous.[149]

The noun has survived and for a while during and after World War II, the back-formed verb to quisle (pronounced /ˈkwɪzəl/) was used. One who was quisling was in the act of committing treason.[150]


#202664 - 09/28/11 10:34 PM Re: Eponyms [Re: Jackie]  
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