Date: Wed, 5 Apr 1995 09:54:47 EDT From: Bruce Southard 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_. Bruce Southard English Department East Carolina University ensoutha[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]ecuvm1 ensoutha[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] 919-328-6041 919-328-4889 (FAX)