Talk:List of eponymous adjectives in English

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Smithsonian[edit]

What about Smithsonian? (unsigned by 203.31.239.251)

Thanks. Added. Taco Deposit | Talk-o to Taco 16:55, Apr 17, 2005 (UTC)

Site with some eponyms[edit]

This site has several eponyms that are not on the list, and judging by google searches many of them are in common usage. KingTT 11:53, 11 October 2005 (UTC)


there are a ton more eponyms. for example, brahmsian, mahlerian...a bunch of composers have eponymous adjectives

Foucault[edit]

I've seen the word "Foucauldian" in a website name ("http://www.thefoucauldian.co.uk/"), however I am unsure whether this is the actual term for describing something in relation to Michel Foucault. If someone can confirm it, it ought to go on the page. --Nate 04:46, 10 April 2006 (UTC)

Titian[edit]

Is Titian really its own eponym? I suspect this is a mistake. JackofOz 20:59, 18 June 2006 (UTC)

I come here, nearly two years later, with the same concern (and others see below). I suspect "Titian" as in Titian-red is an eponymous noun, and should not be listed here. On a similar note, rodomontade is only a noun, not an adjective, as far as I could tell and perhaps should be eliminated as well. Unless someone protests, I'll remove both entries in a couple of days. ---Sluzzelin talk 15:03, 12 June 2008 (UTC)
Wow, that must be some sort of record. I had totally forgotten I ever asked this question. But thanks for the comments, Sluzzelin. -- JackofOz (talk) 22:17, 12 June 2008 (UTC)
Removed "Titian" and "Rodomontade". ---Sluzzelin talk 02:18, 17 June 2008 (UTC)

Christian[edit]

I noticed this most prominent omission, and added it. — Michael J 22:41, 29 August 2006 (UTC)

Waltwhitmanesque[edit]

I saw it in Bend Sinister. Does that count?

Rousseau[edit]

Is there really none for Rousseau? —The preceding unsigned comment was added by 69.255.77.112 (talk) 21:28, 10 May 2007 (UTC).

Good question. Maybe rousseaunian? In Portuguese rousseauniano/rousseauniana seems to be rather common. Cattus talk 19:00, 19 June 2007 (UTC)
it's 'rousseauvian', or even 'rousseavian' with the v repacing the u, refelecting their equivalence in latin. see: thoreauvianToyokuni3 (talk) 21:17, 17 July 2008 (UTC)

Roman[edit]

i have doubts about this one, so i'll mention it here. is Rome named after Romulus, hence Roman derived ultimately from a name. Or is Romulus a myth who was named after the city? G30ffr3y (talk) 13:27, 16 April 2008 (UTC)

Selection[edit]

I wonder whether some entries are perhaps a bit too recent or non-established to be featured on this list. Examples: "Marcosian" as in "Marcosian tactics" (also ambiguous, see Marcus (Marcosian)) and "Jordanesque". Just about any famous person's name can and will be eponymified in books and the press. Should there be any formal criteria for an entry? ---Sluzzelin talk 15:03, 12 June 2008 (UTC)

Removed "Marcosian". ---Sluzzelin talk 02:18, 17 June 2008 (UTC)
yes, there should, and they should be more restrictive than what we are using currently. see my comments below.if it doesn't have utility as an ADJECTIVE, i.e. the modifier of a noun, it doesn't belong. nothing is aegean except the aegean sea. nothing is wolffian except a wolffian follicle.Toyokuni3 (talk) 22:11, 21 August 2008 (UTC)

Caesarian[edit]

if it is mistakenly associated with julius, then it isn't eponymous. right?Toyokuni3 (talk) 04:25, 18 July 2008 (UTC)

Fallopian, Eustachian[edit]

do you think that terms belong here that apply to ONE anatomical structure? they can't be used as adjectives to modify ANYTHING else! if you are going to accept these, then you have to include wolffian, malphigian and at least dozens of others.Toyokuni3 (talk) 14:55, 18 July 2008 (UTC)

along the same lines, i wonder if this list ought to include 'adjectives' that remain proper names; e.g. 'aegean' sea, 'smithsonian' institution.Toyokuni3 (talk) 22:06, 21 August 2008 (UTC)

Composers[edit]

It's very common in musical literature to see words like Bachian, Handelian, Beethovenian, Brahmsian, Mozartian, Schubertian, Schumannesque, Lisztian, Elgarian, Mendelssohnian, Verdian, and some others being used. I think they're sufficiently well accepted to make it onto our list. -- 202.142.129.66 (talk) 02:35, 22 June 2010 (UTC)

Any objections? -- Jack of Oz [your turn] 02:28, 19 September 2011 (UTC)

Lilliputian?[edit]

Wouldn't this be a "toponymic" adjective? Lilliput was a ficticious land, not a person. Gulliveresque or Stevensonian would be eponymous, not Lilliputian. 98.249.209.39 (talk) 02:24, 30 September 2010 (UTC) T

Agreed. Removed. ---Sluzzelin talk 21:35, 7 October 2010 (UTC)