Date: Wed, 5 Apr 1995 19:09:24 -0500 From: Natalie Maynor Subject: Re: names to nouns > 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. If Little George is named for Uncle George, Little George is Uncle George's namesake. Is Uncle George Little George's eponym? Say Little George doesn't meet Uncle George until he's ten years old. When they meet, you might say to Uncle George, "I'm happy to introduce you to your namesake." Would you say to Little George, "I'm happy to introduce you to your eponym"? --Natalie (maynor[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]