Introduction:Did you know that in the English language, we have hundreds of words that derived from people's names? The capital letter is dropped of course and through the ages we've forgotten their origin. For instance, we all know a sandwich, but do you know it was named after an Earl of Sandwich? Here are five little stories about name-words.
Galvanize is to electrify. This word was taken from Luigi Galvani (1737-1798), who is called the father of animal electricity. Galvani was a professor of physiology at Bologna, Italy and his name is perpetuated in many terms associated with electricity.
Masochism was named after Leopold von Sacher-Masoch ((18-35-1895). An Austrian novelist, he wrote about an abnormal mental condition where a person achieved pleasure from being abused or punished by another person, whom he loved. In a broader sense, masochism is often used to mean self-torture.
Many of you probably know that sadistic derived from The Count de Sade (1740-1814) who wrote about situations where people were pleasured from tormenting someone they loved. In the modern world, sadistic has expanded to mean abnormal cruelty.
Will all you Tennessee Titan fans step up to the plate? Bet you are aware the word titan came from the name of Tiziano Vecellio (1477-1576), nicknamed "Titan". He was a famous Venetian painter, who liked to paint titan colored hair. Other names for this color of hair: auburn, red, reddish brown.
After Mausolus, king of Carla (country in Asia Minor) died, his wife erected an enormous tomb, which was ranked as one of the Seven Wonders of the ancient world. Mausoleum is used to describe a large tomb or any large structure with a "cheerless aspect" suggesting a tomb.
Isn't it big fun to learn about words from people's names?
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Didn't know about Mausolus or Tizano. Fascinating list! H5
A great history lesson and I am glad I have a nice last name!
I love learning, this is very interesting. Great Top Five List!
Awesome list of words from people's names!
I never knew any of this before reading from your smart list. thank you. I often wondered where these words came from and now I know thanks to you.
This was so interesting. I only new one. Love it!
Nice and fun read!
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