Vocablet of the Day: Eponym

Today’s Vocablet flashcard provides insight into the origins of one of the world’s most infamous machines:

What if your name was used as the name of a machine that was used to kill tens of thousands of people?  The eponym (Joseph-Ignace Guillotin) Vocablet presents the decapitation device made famous in the French Revolution that got its name derived from the name of a person.  Dr. Guillotin didn’t even invent the device — all he did was suggest that death penalties be carried out in a humane fashion.  A twist of fate for him.

Interested in more grisly facts?  Find out about how the head can stay active for a few seconds after being separated from the body.

Is this eponym (Joseph-Ignace Gullotine) Vocablet in your collection?
See it in VocabNetwork’s Infamous People studylist.

Another surprising eponym is the diesel engine, named for its creator, Rudolf Diesel.  Do you know of another?  What kind of thing would you want your name to be an eponym for?

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