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Eponymous Verbs?
PostPosted: Tue Apr 24, 2007 8:12 pm Reply with quote
bnt
 
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These seem to be quite rare: here are the ones I know, does anyone have any more?

Vintage:
Bowderize (strip out anything remotely controversial)
Boycott (refuse to take part)
Mesmerize (um...)

Modern:
Fisk (criticise in extreme detail)
Mirandize (read you your rights)
and, of course:
Google!

Also, it seems that whenever a person becomes known for a particular action, they're "Doing a ..." but these don't tend to last, do they?

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 25, 2007 12:47 pm Reply with quote
jgrunert
 
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I could only think of one real one:
gerrymander (to divide a district advantageously)


My friends and I have come up with Bonofy: to popularize a cause or organization through pop culture, specifically rock music, as does Bono of U2.
I don't think it'll stick, though.
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PostPosted: Tue May 01, 2007 1:03 pm Reply with quote
jgrunert
 
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Having put in print that I could think of only one, I, of course, thought of some more:
pasteurize (named for Louis Pasteur)
guillotine (named for Joseph Guillotin and can be used as a verb)

In the same spirit of Google, there's Photoshop--to digitally alter an image, and Xerox, which one can do on a Canon copier.


Right after I submit this, I'll probably come up with another one.
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PostPosted: Thu May 10, 2007 10:52 pm Reply with quote
thegooseking
 
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'Bork' seems to be gaining some currency, although dictionary entries are still thin on the ground (dictionary.com will yield results, but the OED won't, nor will Chambers).

This means 'to attack (a candidate or public figure) systematically, esp. in the media' and was named for Judge Robert H. Bork.

It's becoming often falsely cited as the origin of the internet slang term 'bork', meaning 'to break', but that's actually a reverse-conjugation of 'borked', an intentional misspelling of 'broked', in itself a (probably intentional) overregularisation of 'broken'.

Edit: Hmm, I've now heard that it actually is in the OED but I haven't been able to check, yet.
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Not to be a bother, but..
PostPosted: Sat Jan 10, 2009 2:22 pm Reply with quote
LitMajorGirl
 
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What are eponymous verbs?

Of course, the obvious response will be "go listen to the podcast!" but seeing as I am currently unable to download the lovely podcasts of knowledge produced by the Word Nerds (school computers have many limits to them) can anyone just give me a real answer? S'il vous plait?

Much thanks,
B

I have a rough idea of what they consist of, thanks to the previous posts, but I would really appreciate a proper definition. I have tried to find a definition for it via search engines, but could find nothing to suffice.
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PostPosted: Thu May 14, 2009 4:31 am Reply with quote
logophile
 
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Just discovered this one reading a mystery: burke

http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/burke

Quote:
burke Pronunciation: \ˈbərk\
Function: transitive verb
Inflected Form(s):
burked; burk·ing
Etymology:
from burke to suffocate, from William Burke †1829 Irish criminal executed for smothering victims to sell their bodies for dissection
Date:
1829

1 : to suppress quietly or indirectly <burke an inquiry>
2 : bypass, avoid <burke an issue>
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Re: Eponymous Verbs?
PostPosted: Wed May 20, 2009 12:59 pm Reply with quote
MrPedantic
 
Joined: 16 Nov 2007
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bnt wrote:
Bowderize (strip out anything remotely controversial)


Just in case any readers can't find it: that should be "Bowdlerize".

All the best,

MrP
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