Talk:List of inventions named after people

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There are some websites that have fictious stories about the origins of some terms. Perhaps originally written for fun, they turn up in many articles and appear to be genuine. I had added and then reverted some of these from this page myself. I'm reproducing the list here so they don't get into the page again. Jay 16:26, 20 Feb 2004 (UTC)

List of spurious or unreal etymologies[edit]

Invention Person
Asphalt Leopold von Asphalt
Buffet Pierre Buffet
Bugle Hereward Bugle
Cabaret Antoine de Cabaret
Comma Domenico da Comma
Corset Etienne Corset
Salon Marquise Henriette de Salon
Trousers Jacob Trowser

Removed following entry from the page as it is disputed. See Talk:Condom Jay 20:41, 7 Mar 2004 (UTC):

CondomEarl of Condom, personal physical to the King Charles II of England

What is appropiate for this list[edit]

I don't believe that pseudo-eponyms like the "Winchester" belong here. in that case its a gun manufactured by Winchester, rather than named after an inventor. The text for the Winchester notes that repeating rifles had already been invented so it isn't necessarily the first either. GraemeLeggett 08:52, 23 Jun 2005 (UTC)

Barbie dolls[edit]

An "invention" is not a legal term, but in everyday life it is generally used to describe an idea of a certain inventive merit, which the creation of the Barbie doll hardly displays. The listing in question has therefore been moved to the commentary page:

Johnson bar[edit]

Not the Johnson bar, but the heavy lever-dolly used by riggers. I found a reference suggesting it is (was?) used for pulling up railroad spikes as well. So it could have old roots in railroading. It sure seems like it is named for someone, but I do not know whom. AJim 03:10, 29 April 2006 (UTC)

eponyms by another name[edit]

This appears to have the same intentions as List of eponyms, except that instead of thing=>person it is person=>thing. a merge candidate? John Vandenberg 10:04, 6 February 2007 (UTC)

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