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Dec 30, 2008
| ISBN 9781440663079
Dec 30, 2008 | ISBN 9781440663079
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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