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A.Word.A.Day--hawkshaw

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hawkshaw (HAWK-shaw) noun

A detective.

[After Hawkshaw, a detective in the play The Ticket of Leave Man (1863) by Tom Taylor.]

"Conductor: Hawkshaw Junction. Change here Gumshoe, Flatfoot, Sleuthhound, and Beagle." Claire Boiko, Murder on the Orient Express Subway, Plays, Mar 1995.

This week's theme: eponyms derived from fact and fiction.

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The nice thing about standards is that there are so many of them to choose from. -Andrew S. Tanenbaum, computer science professor (1944- )


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