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Word of the Day: Eponymous

Aug 28, 2019 | The Dictionary Project: Word of the Day | 0 comments

e-pon-y-mous / əˈpänəməs
1.      of or relating to the person or thing for which something is named
The Pulitzer Prize was established when Joseph Pulitzer dies in 1911, leaving a bequest to create the eponymous award.
Nell Scovell, 1960-
This word was first used as an adjective in 1833. The adjective form borrows from the noun eponym, meaning ‘one whose name becomes that of a place, a people, an era, etc.’ The word has Greek roots in the word eponymos, meaning ‘given as a name, giving one’s name to something.’ There is another form of the adjective,eponymal, which was used in reference to the word eponymos, which was also a title given to certain legal officials in ancient Greece. These magistrates would lend their names to the years in which they held office.

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By PDG Scott McLaughlin

District Governor 2019-2020
PDG Scott is currently serving as an Assistant Rotary Public Image Coordinator for Zone 29 (Region 36). Scott is a member of the Paul Harris Society and Major Donor.Scott is a Rotarian in the Kearney Dawn Rotary Club of Kearney, NE

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