Date: Fri, 21 Apr 1995 14:43:13 +0100 From: debaron[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]UIUC.EDU Subject: eponyms and webster Here's the last word on eponym, according to the 1995 ed. of the Random House Webster's Dictionary: sense 2, dated from 1840-50: "a word based on or derived from a person's name." And BTW, this new dictionary has the distinction of being the first to define as one sense of Webster: informal, "A dictionary of the English language." Way to go, Jesse Scheidlower! Dennis (the eponymous one) -- Dennis Baron debaron[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] Department of English office: 217-333-2392 University of Illinois fax: 217-333-4321 608 South Wright Street home: 217-384-1683 Urbana, Illinois 61801