Date: Wed, 5 Apr 1995 12:08:07 -0400
From: David Muschell dmuschel[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]MAIL.GAC.PEACHNET.EDU
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_.
East Carolina University
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Antonomasia is also a term for using a substitute title for a name: Mr.
President, Your Honor, Governor, Your Grace, etc. It does also apply to
using a personal name to single out someone or something as a "type": You
Casanova, you, She's a real selfish Sandy, What a Dumbo, She's a regular