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In the 1700s, a British nobleman called the 4th Earl of Sandwich (that's where he lived in England) used to eat meat with his fingers and play cards at the same time. One day he put the meat between two slices of bread so his fingers wouldn't make the cards greasy, and he invented the sandwich!

EPONYMS


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Guppies, those little tropical fish, got their name from R. J. Lechmere Guppy who discovered them on the South American island of Trinidad in the 1860s.

Words come into English from a lot of different sources. Eponyms are words that come from the names of people or places. Here are three fun words that come from the names of real people.

The eponyms on this page come from

GUPPIES IN TUXEDOS

Funny Eponyms

by Marvin Terban.

Jules Leotard, a young French circus performer of the 1850s, gave his name to the stretchy, one-piece costume he designed for himself to fly through the air with the greatest of ease.