We have a new vocabulary reference section on EnglishClub:Eponyms. An eponym is a word (usually a noun) that comes from a person's name. The person may be real or fictional/mythological.
Many English words are eponyms. You probably know some of them, such as atlas, braille, and cardigan. This month, we're going to invent words based on our own names! Please join me in the fun.
1. Review a few of the eponyms in EnglishClub's list.
2. Think of something YOU are known for or are good at. Do you make great muffins? Are you good at drawing realistic animals? Do you have a high-pitched laugh? Create a word that incorporates your first or last name and defines your specialty or skill. This is your eponym. Note: Most eponyms start as nouns, but you can also create a verb or adjective if it's easier.
3. Start a new blog post with the title, Writing Challenge: My Eponym. Format your post just as the entries are formatted on EnglishClub.
- Example sentence 1
- Example sentence 2
- Quick Quiz
4. Publish your post and share a link to it in the comments below. Visit other posts and take the blogger's quiz!
Meaning: an idea that suddenly comes to you; it feels like it should be shared with the world
1. I tweeted my benwelldea to all my followers. Some tweeted back that they would try it.
2. My best benwelldeas come to me when I first wake up or when I'm in the shower.
Origin: Tara Benwell is a Canadian writer, teacher, and blogger who specializes in materials for English language learners. She writes lesson plans and blog posts, and records podcasts, such as Listen to News. Benwell also loves learning and sharing interesting facts. One of her favourite things to do is come up with new ways of challenging English learners to practice their writing. She tries to make it fun so that they don't think of writing as work. Benwell's ideas often come to her suddenly, and she is quick to share them with the world. The benwelldea is named after her.
Which of the following is an example of a benwelldea?
a. a party game for a baby shower
b. a good friend named Ben
c. a baby dear named Bambi