New eponym

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Wed Aug 12 19:51:20 UTC 2009

Aaarrrggghhh! I've been Horned again! Give credit where credit is due! :-)


On Wed, Aug 12, 2009 at 1:20 PM, Laurence Horn<laurence.horn at> wrote:
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> At 6:16 AM -0700 8/12/09, Arnold Zwicky wrote:
>>On Aug 11, 2009, at 8:21 PM, Ben Zimmer wrote:
>>>On Tue, Aug 11, 2009 at 9:20 PM, Laurence
>>>Horn<laurence.horn at> wrote:
>>>>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.
>>>Well, there's always "Bork". And there have been various ad-hoc
>>>eponymic verbs on the "Bork" model, usually expressed in the passive
>>>-- "Soutered", "Miered", and most recently, "Sotomayored":
>>going back some years, there's Paul Simon's "A Simple Desultory
>>Philippic (or How I Was Robert McNamara'd into Submission)", with
>>plenty of passive eponymous verbs (referring to political, military,
>>and artistic figures).  there are two recorded versions (from 1965 and
>>1966), with somewhat different names in them.
> Arggh!  I've been Zwickied again!!!!
> LH
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