Date: Wed, 5 Apr 1995 12:53:09 -0400
From: David Muschell dmuschel[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]MAIL.GAC.PEACHNET.EDU
Subject: Re: names to nouns
burger' rather than the latter being eponyms? I think of 'eponym' as being
to 'namesake' rather than to its converse, which is what we need here. Larry
Machiavelli would by the eponym as the source for "Machiavellian," but
"hamburger" would be a toponym, derived _from_ the name of a place.
Is there also a converse for "namesake"? I've wondered about that before.
--Natalie (maynor[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]ra.msstate.edu)
I'm not sure what you mean by "converse." When someone or something is
given a name for "the name's sake," even when that name is an eponym or
toponym, it is still a "namesake" naming: Nevada Smith, "in a New York
minute," Pecos Bill, Tex Ritter.