New eponym

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Wed Aug 12 01:20:18 UTC 2009

At 5:59 PM -0700 8/11/09, Mark Peters wrote:
>Lindsey Graham coined a vivid expression recently, saying, "My
>message to my Democratic colleagues is: We made mistakes in Iraq,
>let's not Rumsfeld Afghanistan. Let's not do this thing on the
>Political eponyms--like Clintonista, Jeffersonian, Bushism--are
>pretty common. I can think of plenty of nouns and adjectives, but
>can anyone think of political eponymic verbs that work like
>Rumsfeld? I'm doing a column on Rumsfelding this week, and I
>appreciate any leads. I just hope I don't Rumsfeld the article. Mark

Would "boycott" count?  It certainly has political applications and
it's also pretty clearly eponymic.  And of course "pander", although
that one had a non-political origin.


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