The use of Anthropologists' names?
Ezra Zubrow (ESRIEZ@UBVMS.CC.BUFFALO.EDU)
Thu, 2 Dec 1993 02:08:30 -0500
This may be a bit of anthropological whimsey or idle curiosity. I was
reading a journal recently and found a writer using the word "Boasian"
to mean "neo-empiricist" and "of the school of Boas". I was wondering
if members of the list are aware of other anthropologists whose names
are used as verbs or adjectives or common nouns in general speech.
When Hiram Bingham, the explorer and archaeologist and later politician,
long after he discovered or more accurately is credited with discovering
Macchu Picchu, was running for governor of Connecticut, he was also
nominated for the U.S. Senate on the Republican ticket. This resulted
in the phrase "political binghamy" being used as a perjorative phrase
in the political columns of the 1920's and 1930's.
Other examples would be welcome.