Saturday, September 14, 2013

New Eponyms?

If an "odyssey" now means a long and eventful journey because the man who had them was named Odysseus, perhaps we have some new meanings to add to a few existing words. Consider "fording": an ongoing public saga that comes from arrogant, belligerent, and prideful ignorance. In a traditional fording, everyone around the protagonist is embarrassed. The protagonist is not.

Now that I think of it, there could be a few related eponyms. Artists and entertainers could "miley" while politicians could "ford". We could also coin the term "harping" for shutting off debate and discussion - a nice counterpoint to the other meaning of the word.
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