1. CaptMacheath1728
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    Eponymous adjectives

    Discussion in 'Word Mechanics' started by CaptMacheath1728, May 22, 2015.

    Hi,

    Does anyone know if there are any "standards" on creating eponymous adjectives? By eponymous adjectives, I mean words like:
    • Shakespearean (from William Shakespeare)
    • Platonic (from Plato)
    • Maoist (from Mao Zedong)
    • sadistic (from Marquis de Sade)
    • Thomist (from Thomas Aquinas)
    There seems to be no rhyme or reason for making adjectives from names; can anyone enlighten me, or is it mostly a matter of creating a word that sounds right on a name-to-name basis?

    Thanks! :)
     
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    I think it's just what sounds good.
     
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    Lets not leave -esque and -ific out of the game as possible suffixes. :)
     
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    BrianIff I'm so piano, a bad punctuator. Contributor

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    They should be popular enough to the general public. Second, they are clear about what they denote. And three, they fit well in the context where they are used.
     
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    That is so Wreybiesque of you. Hmm Wreybific? Though I don't really know what that means. Just couldn't resist trying to make your username one.

    Anyways I think it really is whatever sounds best. I mean you really are just making up a word only with people having a general idea as to what you mean with it.
     

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