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Re: Allusions?

Posted by Harikrishnan Menon on March 19, 2003

In Reply to: Allusions? posted by TK on March 19, 2003

: Pollyanna = an optimist, Philistine = an ignorant person...

: Are these called allusions? If not, what are they called? Where can I find more such words or expressions? Thanks.

They're called eponyms. An eponym is a word derived from someone's name. Try running it through a search engine - you'll get plenty of links.