What's in a name? From Achilles to zeppelin, many of the words that we use every day invoke a sweeping cast of historical and mythical figures—but have you ever wondered about the stories behind the names? How, for example, did Italian nationalist leader Giuseppe Garibaldi give his name to something as sweet as a raisin biscuit? Who was the Boycott who loaned his name to the organized avoidance tactic? Why is the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences award statuette named Oscar? And was there a Salmon in salmonella—or was it an Ella? Andrew Sholl investigates the history behind many of the quirky sayings in Britain and America and uncovers a host of colorful characters.
"A delightful and cheerfully engaging dictionary of eponyms, this clever, absorbing book explores the origins of hundreds of names."——Good Book Guide