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What names of people have become nouns, verbs, or other forms of speech?

Asked by Hawaii_Jake (26580 points ) August 20th, 2012

I can think of “quixotic” from Quixote and “to bogart” from Humphrey Bogart.

What others are there?

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CWOTUS's avatar

Nixonian was a popular American adjective some years back.*
Sandwich and Boycott have been discussed here before.

*For that matter, we also have the “Americas” themselves.

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Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

Freudian slip

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El_Cadejo's avatar

Benedict Arnold

Are we talking just famous people here or just names in general? Cause if its the latter I can think of a huge list of names.

Jeruba's avatar

I believe there’s a whole book devoted to eponyms out there somewhere by one of those people who earn a livelihood by writing about language for a popular audience. Here’s a starter list. Follow the links for more.

El_Cadejo's avatar

Jack, Peg, Pierce, Grace, Sue, Hope, Dawn, Will, Josh, Mark, Candy, Dot, Chuck, Pat, Ralph, Carol, Peter, May, Drew, Bob, Jimmy, Rose, Grant, Bill, Rob, Wade, Dick, Luke,Drew, May, Chase, Lance,Roger, Stu, Ray, Tom, Rush, Jimmy, Max

Hawaii_Jake's avatar

@uberbatman : I guess I’m thinking of famous people whose names have made their way into common usage.

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Ponderer983's avatar

“From this day forth, all the toilets in the kingdom shall be known as… Johns!”

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

He pulled a Clavin.

ucme's avatar

Cheating a little, but here are some examples used in cockney rhyming slang…..
Mae West – Best
Mariah Carey – Scary
Marilyn Manson – Handsome
Meryl Streep – Cheap
Michael Caine – Pain
Mork & Mindy – Windy

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Arnold Palmer

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