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Basic Biittner : from H to Z

Friday, February 26, 2010

By Dan Whitney

Here is my third (and final - I promise) list of eponyms, which, if you recall, are items which are named after a person :

the H a m m o n d O r g a n - L a u r e n s H a m m o n d

the H e i m l i c h M a n e u v e r - H e n r y H e i m l i c h

l y n c h i n g , l y n c h l a w - C h a r l e s L y n c h

t h e P i l a t e s M e t h o d of exercise - J o s e p h P i l a t e s

P o n z i s c h e m e , a k i n d o f f r a u d like that recently perpetrated by

Bernard Madoff - Charles Ponzi

R i c h t e r m a g n i t u d e s c a l e for earthquakes - C h a r l e s R i c h t e r

T e d d y b e a r - T h e o d o r e R o o s e v e l t

t h e s a x o p h o n e - A d o l p h e S a x

C i t y o f S e a t t l e - C h i e f S e a t t l e of the Duwamish Tribe

G o l d w y n P i c t u r e s (w h i c h l a t e r m e r g e d i n t o MGM) -

E d g a r S e l w y n a n d A r c h i b a l d S e l w y n , w h o u s e d t h e l a s t t h r e e l e t t e r s o f

t h e i r sur n a m e , a l o n g w i t h t h e f i r s t f o u r letters o f partner S a m u el

G o l d f i sh 's surname.

S i d e b u r n s - A m b r o s e B u r n s i d e

S i l h o u e t t e - E t i e n n e d e S i l h o u e t t e

T h o m p s o n s u b m a c h i n e g u n ("tommygun") - J o h n T . T h o m p s o n

V a n c o u v e r , B r i t i s h C o l u m b i a - G e o r g e V a n c o u v e r

A m e r i c a - A m e r i g o V e s p u c c i ( 1 4 5 4 -1 5 1 2 )

t h e v o l t , a u n i t o f e l e c t r o m o t i v e f o r c e - A l e s s a n d r o V o lta

t h e w a t t , a u n i t o f p o w e r - James W a t t

W a l - M a r t - Sam Walton

W a r n e r B r o s . movie studip - b r o t h e r s J a c k , S a m , H a r o l d a n d A l b e r t Warner

Zamboni ice resurfacer - Frank J Zamboni

And there you have it. I will never mention the word 'eponym' again .

Dan Whitney
Basic Biittner