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patronym (PA-truh-nim) noun
1. A name derived from the name of father or an ancestor, e.g. Johnson (son of John).
2. A surname or family name.
[From Greek patronymous (patronymic), from patri- (father) + -onym (name).]
Here are a few more patronyms from other languages and cultures:
"Consider her humble origins. Born to a Russian species, slapped with
a French patronym, she came to us bearing a standard-poodle pedigree
that guaranteed her to be purebred American. Just like her owners."
This week's theme: words about words.
Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. -Lord Acton (John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton), historian (1834-1902)
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