Books, pamphlets, magazines, newspaper articles, and other writings that fail to come to mind immediately, are all sources for eponymous coinages. But the primary sources of materials for this book, and perhaps any book on the subject of eponyms, are basically the encylopedias, with their complete reports on almost any subject. Foremost, however, is the incomparable Oxford English Dictionary, the research's bible. Beyond that, a good and reliable avenue for my research was any dictionary devoted to a particular field, whether it be slang, music, science, mythology, sports, the classics, or what have you. Authors of books on eponyms are primarily compilers of information gleaned from all the foregoing sources. Styles of writing differ, naturally, and the selection of entries too are personal. What one might select, another might not. There is, of course, an almost unlimited possibility for eponymous words. Some books avoid eponyms from the Bible, some from mythology, some from fictional characters, whereas others make no such distinctions. Here again, it's a matter of personal taste.
   The following books will provide a wealth of material from which can be combed whatever might be of interest to an investigator of eponymic words.
   - American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language. New York: American Heritage Publishing Co., 1969.
   - Asimov, Isaac. Biographical Technology. New York: Doubleday & Company, 1964.
   - Beaching, Cyril Leslie. A Dictionary of Eponyms. New York: Oxford University Press, 1983.
   - Boycott, Rosie. Batty, Bloomers and Boycott. New York: Peter Bedrick Books, 1983.
   - Brewer, E. Cobham. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. New York: Harper & Row, 1964.
   - Ciardi, John. A Browser's Dictionary. New York: Harper & Row, 1980.
   - Douglas, Auriel. Dictionary of Eponyms. New York: Simon & Schuster, Inc., 1990.
   - Espy, Willard R. Thou Improper, Thou Uncommon Noun. New York: Clarkson Potter, 1978.
   - Evans, Bergen. Comfortable Words. New York: Random House, 1962.
   - Funk, Charles Earle. A Hog on Ice. New York: Harper & Row, 1948.
   - Funk, Wilfred. Word Origins and Their Romantic Stories. New York: Funk and Wagnalls, Inc., 1950.
   - Grant, Michael and John Hazel, Who's Who Classical Mythology. New York: Oxford University Press, 1993.
   - Hayakawa, S. I. Language in Thought. New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanich, 1949.
   - Hendrickson, Robert. The Dictionary of Eponyms. New York: Stein and Day, 1985
   - Holt, Alfred H. Phrase and Word Origins. New York: Dover Publications, 1961.
   - Hunt, Cecil. Word Origins. New York: Philosophical Library, 1949.
   - Mathews, Mitford, ed. A Dictionary of Americanism on Historical Principles. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1951.
   - Mencken H. L. The American Language. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1948.
   - Morris, William and Mary. A Dictionary of Word Origins and Pharses. New York: Harper & Row, 1947
   - Oxford English Dictionary. James A. H. Murray, ed. London: Clarendon Press, 1884.
   - Partridge, Eric. Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English. New York: The Macmillan Company, 1961.
   - Pei, Mario. All About Language. Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott Co., 1954.
   - Perl, Lila. Blue Monday and Friday the Thirteenth. New York: Clarion Books, 1986.
   - Pizer, Vernon. Take My Word for It. New York: Dodd, Mead & Company, 1981.
   - Shipley, Joseph T. A Dictionary of Word Origins. New York: Littlefield, Adams & Company, 1967.
   - Terban, Marvin. Guppies in Tuxedos. New York: Clarion Books, 1988.
   - Tuleja, Tad. Namesakes. New York: McGraw-Hill Book Company, 1987.
   - Weekley, Ernest. The Romance of Words. New York: Dover Publications, 1961.
   - Word Mysteries and Histories, The Editors of the American Heritage Dictionaries. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1986.

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