Thursday, October 20, 2011

Your namesake

The recent newsletter for the American Copy Editors Society explains the word "namesake."

A namesake is a person or thing named after someone or something else:
RIGHT: Stephan Pyles ate in his namesake restaurant.
WRONG: The restaurant Stephan Pyles was visited by its namesake owner.
The person providing the name is the eponym, not the namesake (I looked it up).

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