Learn English Vocabulary with Eponyms
An eponym is a word that comes from a person’s name, such as boycott (from a selfish land agent) or petri dish (named after a German bacteriologist). Here are a few more eponyms that you will find in this section:
Are you a teacher? Here are some ideas for using our new Eponyms section in class:
Eponym of the day: There are about 50 eponyms in this list. Have one student present a new eponym every day.
Free time: If your students finish an assignment early, challenge them to check out this section on a tablet or class computer. Then quiz your students using the quizzes provided.
Research: Introduce your students to these eponyms. Then challenge them to learn another one on their own. Your students can write a summary about their new eponym using our model.
Biography: Each eponym has a brief origin about the person that the word was named after. Challenge your students to learn and share a bit more about a person/character from this list.
Presentation: Ask your students to prepare a presentation based on one of the eponyms provided.
Oral practice: Have your students record the text from one of entries in the list. Listen to the recording together and work on pronunciation and intonation.
Invent an eponym: Ask your students to come up with their own eponyms based on their own last names. Now that’s a benwelldea!
Share your ideas and other eponyms in the comments below.