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A.Word.A.Daywith Anu Garg
Some authors may be gone for hundreds of years, but their literary trails continue to linger. Eponyms are the sillage of these authors.
Coined from the Greek epi- (upon) + -onym (name), eponyms are words coined after people who, through their words or deeds, have found a place in the language and enriched our wordstock.
This week we’ll see five eponyms coined after authors -- English, French, Italian, Spanish, and American.
And now, today’s word ...
1. Of or relating to Thomas Hobbes or his ideas.
2. Grim, selfish, unrestrained, etc.
After English philosopher and author Thomas Hobbes (1588-1679), who in his book Leviathan displayed a grim, dog-eat-dog view of human nature. Earliest documented use: 1776.
“But it hews to Mr Trump’s view of the world as violent and Hobbesian.”
The State of the Union Is Fractious; The Economist (London, UK); Jan 31, 2018.
A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:When I am asked, "What, in your view, is the worst human rights problem in the world today?" I reply: "Absolute poverty." This is not the answer most journalists expect. It is neither sexy nor legalistic. But it is true. -Mary Robinson, 7th President of Ireland (b. 21 May 1944)