Language awareness / Talking point
Language Awareness - Eponyms
An eponym is a word derived from the name of a real or mythical character or person. Most eponyms originate from a person's surname e.g. boycott from the Irish landlord Captain Charles Cunningham Boycott.
There are thousands of eponyms in everyday use in English today and studies of them yields a fascinating insight into the rich heritage of the world's most popular language and its development.
A. Match the people in the list with their eponym.
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Some stand-up comedians include a lot of sexist and racist jokes into their sketches. Do you think this should be allowed? Explain your answer.