PRONUNCIATION: (an-toh-noh-MAY-zhuh)

1. The use of an epithet or title for a proper name, for example, the Bard for Shakespeare.
2. The use of the name of a person known for a particular quality to describe others, such as calling someone brainy as Einstein. Also known as eponym.

ETYMOLOGY: From Latin, from Greek antonomazein (to name differently), from anti- (instead of) + onoma (name). Earliest documented use: 1589.

AUTONOMASIA - speaking without thinking

ANTONOMARIA - West Side Story in a nutshell

GANTONOMASIA - uneasiness about a Cuban port (and prison)