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By Morton S. Freeman

ISBN-10: 0195093542

ISBN-13: 9780195093544

Do you approve of censoring the works of serious writers? a few may well contend that to bowdlerize a superb writer's paintings will be to decrease its total caliber. Others, like Thomas Bowdler, whose eraser danced over each Shakespeare play, may argue that each one modest humans might be capable of learn an exceptional paintings with no blushing. For attacking the classics, Mr. Bowdler has been immortalized because the world's best-known, self-appointed literary censor. and thanks to his efforts the time period bowdlerize has turn into eponymous together with his identify. then again, the note bikini--defined as a two-piece bathing swimsuit for women--has been a linguistic secret due to the fact 1947 while those fits have been first noticeable at the shores of the French Riviera, a yr after the U.S. all started trying out atom bombs at the Bikini atoll of the Marshall Islands. a few stunned humans stated that the effect of the scanty suit on male seashore loungers used to be just like the devastating impression of the atomic bomb. Whoosh! an easier and extra credible thought is that the bold swimsuits resembled the apparel worn through ladies at the Bikini atoll.
Created a couple of century in the past, the time period eponym is itself a coinage from Greek phrases, epi, "on" or "upon," and onama, "a name." yet its broadened which means, as dictionaries set it out, refers to a notice derived from a formal identify. for example, Salisbury steak--a well known diner menu merchandise made out of universal hamburger and dressed up with brown gravy to make it extra appealing--is named for James H. Salisbury, an English medical professional who promoted a vitamin of flooring red meat.
A Dictionary of Eponyms explores the origins of hundreds and hundreds of those daily phrases from Argyle socks to zeppelins. Written in an unique and anecdotal sort, and with a foreword through Edwin Newman, the e-book incorporates a short biography of the person whose identify turned linked to an merchandise or suggestion in addition to info on how and while the identify entered the language.
If you've ever questioned simply the place phrases like cardigan sweater, pamphlet, and robot come from, Morton Freeman does greater than easily outline them--he brings them to existence.

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C. Caesar then turned to military affairs, conquering Gaul in numerous campaigns from 58 to 50. In 49 the Senate ordered him to disband his army; instead he crossed the Rubicon River into Italy, thus initiating the Roman Civil War (49-45). It was at this time he declared "Alea iacta est" (the die is cast). At war's end he acquired the title dictator, but many in Rome opposed him. C. " first recorded by the Roman historian Suetonius (69-122) in The Lives of the Caesars, and borrowed later by Shakespeare.

Boycott then found himself the target of total ostracism. His servants left, his farmhands left, and he was deprived of all mail delivery. Storekeepers refused to sell to him; people jeered at him and hung him in effigy. Further, marauders tore down his fences and turned his cattle loose. Life became unbearable, so miserable, that Boycott finally gave up and fled to England. Thus Boycott was responsible for the first boycott. People came to call this action a boycott, which became a very powerful term, especially when used by unions against employers regarded as unfair.

No one knows for certain how he came to be dubbed Buffalo Bill, but after being engaged in an eight-hour shooting match with another scout, he was regarded as the champion buffalo killer. S. Fifth Cavalry, which was assigned the task of wiping out Indian resistance to the coming of the white man. Cody organized his first Wild West exhibition in 1883. It was a spectacular show with much shooting and riding by cowboys. Annie Oakley, the champion marksman, became a highlight. And Sitting Bull, the American Dakota Indian leader, was an outstanding attraction.

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