Re: Q words (was: Chicago Convention Freedom Rights Explained)

duck (
Mon, 23 Jun 1997 23:03:15 -0400 (EDT)

>I contend that while non-names (words that reference classes of
>objects) do enter the language through common usage, proper names
>(words that reference particular objects) never do.

Maybe proper names don't enter the English language as proper
names, but often proper names become adjectives describing a memorable
characteristic of the individual, (eg: MICAWBER: one who is poor but
lives in optimistic expectation of better fortune. Word is based on
Wilkins Micawber, a character in the Dickens novel David Copperfield [1852]).
Authors such as Charles Dickens and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle have
contributed a number of words to the English language based on their
distinctive characters.


****** "I am mighty! I have a glow you cannot see. I have a heart as big
as the
moon, as warm as bathwater. We're superheroes, man! We don't have time to
be charming! The boots of evil were made for walking. We're watching the
big picture, friend. We know the score. We are a public service, not
glamour boys! Not captains of industry! Not makers of things! Keep your
vulgar moneys. We are a justice sandwich, no toppings necessary! Living
rooms of America, do you catch my drift? Do you . . . dig?"

- The Tick Vs. The Tick