What's in a Name?

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A brilliant and personal literary journey, in which Philip Dodd tells the curious tales of people whose names-deliberately or by chance-became household words

What's in a name? For Philip Dodd, this question led to an international tour, sleuthing the history of some of our most intriguing eponyms. The result is a collection of surprising, stranger-than-fiction stories from history, the arts, the halls of science, and sometimes simply the realm of serendipity. This armchair ...

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Overview

A brilliant and personal literary journey, in which Philip Dodd tells the curious tales of people whose names-deliberately or by chance-became household words

What's in a name? For Philip Dodd, this question led to an international tour, sleuthing the history of some of our most intriguing eponyms. The result is a collection of surprising, stranger-than-fiction stories from history, the arts, the halls of science, and sometimes simply the realm of serendipity. This armchair traveler's delight contains little-known tales of such immortal figures as:

· Roy Jacuzzi, alive and well and still bubbling with ideas in Happy Valley, California
· Joseph P. Frisbie, the baker whose pie tins inspired Wham-O's ubiquitous flying disc
· Ernst Gräfenberg, for whom the G-spot was named ? Samuel Maverick, the Texas pioneer who refused to brand his calves
· And many other colorful figures
From Belgium to Buenos Aires, from Orlando to Los Angeles, Dodd's readers go along for the ride. What's In a Name? is a marvelous tribute to people who changed our language-whether through hard work, creativity, or the luck of the draw.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781616812430
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/30/2008
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Philip Dodd is a graduate of Jesus College, Oxford, and has worked for several UK publishers, including Longman and Virgin Books. He is also a travel writer and rock biographer.

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