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The Reverend Guppy's Aquarium: From Joseph Frisbie to Roy Jacuzzi, How Everyday Items Were Named for Extraordinary People

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What’s in a name? For Philip Dodd, this question led to an international hunt for the best stories of eponymous heroes-- an extraordinarily diverse group of people with just one thing in common: by chance or deliberately, they have left their names deeply embedded in the language and consciousness of future generations.

A few, such as instrument-maker Adolphe Sax, set out
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Hardcover, 272 pages
Published December 27th 2007 by Gotham (first published 2007)
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Fuzzy Gerdes
I confess I have a weakness for 'factoid' books like >The Reverend Guppy's Aquarium -- a collection of essays about "how everyday items were named for extraordinary people". This one has perhaps a bit more depth than the usual bathroom book -- Philip Dodd gives deft biographical sketches of all of his subjects, beyond the simple circumstances of their language-enhancing exploits, and he also does his research, penetrating past oft-repeated hearsay to find the truth. Reverend Guppy, for examp ...more
Paul
An in depth, informative look at a selection of everyday objects named either after their inventors or some other key figure in their origins.
Rather lets itself down by being overly pompous at times and being far too prone to wistful meanderings & ponderings.

A bit like the book equivalent of a stuffy Radio 4 documentary you might listen to because you're bored in the car but you'll soon get bored and flick to other stations.
Jennifer Kunz
This was a great book! Lots of info on the people, and personal story of author's investigating said people was interwoven nicely. For me, an anglophile, I enjoyed all the British terms and spellings - and outlook as well. Recommend!
Erin
A little dry at times, but interesting none-the-less. I did start skipping around to read in a different order, but ultimately read all but one chapter. Sadly, I don't care about the origin of Biro pens.
Joy
Dec 28, 2009 Joy added it
Well done, interesting writing. Wish I could retain it all...
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