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Anonyponymous: The Forgotten People Behind Everyday Words
 
 
Author
John Bemelmans Marciano.
Publisher Bloomsbury  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 8 x 5.1 x 0.6 inches
ISBN 9781596916531
Pages/Publication Date 153/2009
Daedalus Item Code 31867
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The Earl of Sandwich, fond of salted beef and toast, found a novel way to eat them together. French finance minister Etienne de Silhouette was so notoriously cheap that his name became a byword for chintzy practices—such as substituting a drawn shadow for a proper painted portrait. Though both bequeathed their names to the language, neither man is remembered when we speak them—hence, they are both eponymous and anonymous, or "anonyponymous," as John Bemelmans Marciano would have it. In this hilarious little book of illustrated capsule biographies, we meet the likes of zoologist R.J. Lechmere Guppy, acrobat Jules Léotard, artilleryman Henry Shrapnel, and ostracized land agent Charles Boycott.
 
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