Word of the Day: Lorelei

Good morning – another Monday is upon us. I have a crazy week ahead with appointments and scheduling for the blog; all I really want to do is drink coffee and curl up with a good book and/or my notebooks. Oh well, this week’s words are going to be fun, so that should help the time pass a little easier. This week the category is eponyms; here is the explanation from Wordsmith:

“If you have ever called someone brainy an Einstein, or someone clever and perceptive a Sherlock (sometimes sarcastically), you have made use of an eponym.

An eponym is a word coined after a person, from Greek epi- (upon) + -onym (name). The English language has thousands of them, for men and women, from fact and fiction, obscure and well-known, home-grown and borrowed from other languages.”

Will your name turn up? You’ll just have to wait and see. Have a great week!

Lorelei (LOR-uh-ly)

noun: a dangerously seductive woman

Etymology
In German legend Lorelei was a nymph who sat on a rock of the same name on the Rhine river. Her songs lured sailors to their destruction on the rock. Earliest documented use: 1878. Also see siren, Mata Hari, and Circe.

Usage (from Wordsmith)
“In fact, Peter the Publican’s daughter is his Lorelei, enticing customers into his establishment, then flirting brazenly just to keep them drinking.”
Michael Dirda; These Dead Men Don’t Just Tell Tales, They Quarrel. A Lot; The Washington Post; Apr 9, 2015.

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