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Date: Tue, 26 Mar 2002 09:12:32 -0800 (PST)
From: Jerry Friedman 
Subject: Re: (urth) eponymous time travel

--- Michael Andre-Driussi  wrote:

> Seems to me that real-world eponyms are not devices to tell time, but
> by-products of time and culture.  If the word is still in use, then the
> eponym remains: our busts of the eponyms would include de Sade,
> Quisling,
> Bowdler, et ali.  If in a hundred years we no longer used the words
> sadism,
> quisling, and  bowdlerize, then those busts would be removed, the
> eponyms
> forgotten along with their "words."  (Note the memorial/funereal tinct
> here.)

This is interesting, but my guess is that the eponyms are saints, like
the eponyms of San Francisco, Marylebone, people named James, etc.

Jerry Friedman

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