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Eponyms #70380
05/18/02 06:20 PM
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I just found out that Mesmer was a real person who popularised hypnotism in the west. Mesmer= mesmerism. Anyone know any others?


Re: Eponyms #70381
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Dear dodyskin: there are a lot of such eponyms, but it's problem remembering or searching for the ones previously posted. But to follow your example, "Sadism" after the Marquis de Sade, pleasure in causing pain.


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Masochist: "Hurt me!"

Sadist: "No!"



*rimshot*


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There was a young girl of East Anglia
Whose loins were a tangle of ganglia.
Her mind was a webbing
Of Freud and Krafft-Ebing
And all sorts of other new-fanglia.
- Aldous Huxley (attrib.)


Re: Eponyms #70384
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I have found that the most common form of eponyms has been to name new diseases after the first person to be identified having suffered from it. This may not be the case with all diseases but it is with most I know.

Parkinson's and Hodgkin's come to mind.

Another form of eponyms is practiced in sport and, in particular in gymnastics where a new technique is named after the gymnast who first performs it successfully in public. There are techniques called a Katchev, a Korbut and even a Kim.


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here's another one from sport:

Main Entry: sal.chow
Pronunciation: 'sal-"kau, -"kov, -(")kO
Function: noun
Etymology: Ulrich Salchow died 1949 Swedish figure skater
Date: 1940
: a figure-skating jump with a takeoff from the back inside edge of one skate followed by a full turn in the air and a landing on the back outside edge of the opposite skate



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There are techniques called [...]even a Kim

Wait, lemme guess: a double back-flip off the parallel bars, kicking the judge in passing whilst landing on points with a beatific smile to the crowd? *eg*


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Wait, lemme guess: a double back-flip off the parallel bars, kicking the judge in passing whilst landing on points with a beatific smile to the
crowd? *eg*


Who have we in mind, Mav? [feigning ignorance emoticon]


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Even when I was in medical school over fifty years ago, medical eponyms were frowned on
because there were so many, and the names gave no clue. So medical educators demanded
that diseases be named by anatomical, pathological, or physiological attributes.
As a single example, "Lou Gehrig's disease" would mean nothing to doctors in UK.
Now it is called Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis.
Here is a URL to a dictionary of eponyms, of both diseases and devices that will
have over 15,000 entries when finished. Imagine trying to remember that many!

http://www.whonamedit.com/azeponyms.cfm/A.html


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Eponyms are unusual in the law, but everybody has heard of Miranda rights.


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