2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 9 December 2013
In this delightfully named volume, Andrew Scholl discusses the eclectic bunch of individuals throughout history who have (whether they wished to or not) donated their names to the common lexicon. From names we eat like sandwich and pavlova to names we wear like balaclava and cardigan, Scholl provides the stories behind the eponyms and sheds light on why some people have ended up being just so memorable.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 20 January 2014
Hmmmm.... I wanted to like this book, which explains the links between common words or phrases in English and their origins as proper nouns. For the most part I did enjoy it, however there are a number of errors here which cause me to doubt the trustworthiness of the information you will find in here..... The example I will give you is one which I found early on in my reading of the book, and which caused me to hurl it away from me in disgust. 'Mary Tudor (linked to the phrase 'Bloody Mary'), England's last reigning Catholic monarch.... died childless. Her niece, Elizabeth I, undid her work and re-established the Church of England.' Now can anyone else spot the two glaring inaccuracies that should have been picked up at the proof-reading stage in that quote??
Things like that drive me up the wall when presented in fiction, so when they are included in reference books, even in cute little jokey ones like this, I cannot even begin to tell you how much they annoy me! Disappointing.