Date: Wed, 5 Apr 1995 09:54:47 EDT
From: Bruce Southard ENSOUTHA[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]ECUVM1.BITNET
Subject: Re: names to nouns
I've been off the list a while and have just come upon the names to
nouns discussion, so I hope I'm not repeating something already
presented. One possible term for the process of a name becoming a common
noun is _antonomasia_. Most of the sources I've looked at restrict the
term to use of a name as a generic, eg. calling someone a "Romeo" or a
"Scrooge," though I have dim recollections of seeing in print
"antonomasia" being used to describe the use of "coke" as "soft drink"
or "levis" as "denim pants." The Pyles/Algeo _Origins_ gives the term
_commonization_ for the "kind of functional shift" that produced
_lynch_, _boycott_, and _sandwich_.
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