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An eponymous adjective is an adjective which has been derived from the name of a person, real or fictional.
Eponym or EpoNOT?
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relating to statistical methods that regard parameters of a population as random variables having known probability distributions
relating to a data type having two possible values representing 'true' or 'false'
relating to persons convinced of the superiority of their own gender or kind
relating to the theory of evolution by natural selection
resembling or suggestive of squalid and poverty-stricken conditions or characterized by jollity and conviviality
rigorous; unusually severe or cruel
sacrificing spiritual values for power, knowledge, or material gain
susceptible to analysis in terms of unconscious desires
relating to occult science, especially alchemy
of heroic dimensions; grand; imposing
marked by a senseless, disorienting, often menacing complexity
relating to the policy of maintaining high employment and controlling inflation by varying the interest rates, tax rates, and public expenditure
characterized by subtle or unscrupulous cunning, deception, expediency, or dishonesty
relating to a future totalitarian state
characteristic of experiments in which predictable responses are elicited from laboratory animals
purely spiritual; free from sensual desire, especially in a relationship between two persons of the opposite sex
extravagantly chivalrous or romantic; visionary, impractical, or impracticable
relating to any of the strict Mennonite groups descended from the followers of a Swiss Mennonite bishop of the 17th century
relating to logical analysis and its mechanistic interpretation of physical nature
resembling or characteristic of surrealist art
requiring great strength; very hard to perform
relating to theories of archetypes and the collective unconscious
reminiscent of the 35th president of the United States
relating to unfair investigatory or accusatory methods in order to suppress opposition
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Nov 27th, 2012 at 18:57 GMT
All feedback welcome on this quiz. One thing I struggled with is that there are a great many famous eponymous adjectives which simply mean relating to their eponym (for example, Shakespearean). I also tried to mostly confine it to more modern eponyms and the extremely-well-known older ones, but there are many more.
Nov 27th, 2012 at 20:46 GMT
I'm sure making this quiz was a herculean effort.
Nov 27th, 2012 at 22:23 GMT
If you're planning a follow-up, you might think of several Greek myths, like 'narcissistic', 'pyrrhic', etc.
Nov 28th, 2012 at 12:04 GMT
Good quiz. Maybe you could round it up with three more to a nice twenty answers? I was expecting to see Caesarean and Marxist. I wasn't sure if you were intending to have adjectives that still began with a capital letter. Actually, I'm not even sure if the answers there now are meant to be captialized but I suppose not if you haven't presented them like that. What do you think?
Nov 28th, 2012 at 14:54 GMT
Thanks, beforever. I definitely would like to get a few more in. The issue with Caesarean is that the "relating to abdominal delivery" definition is actually not named for Julius Caesar (or any other person) while the "of or relating to or in the manner of Julius Caesar" is unusable. There's the same problem with Marxist "of or relating to Marx, Marxism, or Marxists and their theories." That said—there are already a few in here that I rejiggered to get the name out so if I can get a definition that's concise and all that. There are scores of adjectives in the same boat (rastafarian, hitchcockian, etc etc). As for the capitalization issue... to be honest since so many of them could go either way I decided to just use lower case for all.
Nov 28th, 2012 at 16:54 GMT
@Guide: Have you considered making this clickable? It would open it up to a wider audience. (and maybe add a few)
Dec 4th, 2012 at 19:55 GMT
Hello to those visiting on account of the EP. You'll see that I took Flick's suggestion, so thanks for that. I am also still soliciting any additional answer ideas, though remember that the definition can't contain the relevant name. If the definition can be reworked to exclude it but still mean the same thing, that's fine.
Dec 5th, 2012 at 04:06 GMT
Platonic love is not "especially in a relationship between two persons of [opposite sexes]": on the contrary, Plato had relationships between persons of the same sex in mind.
Dec 6th, 2012 at 15:03 GMT
The definitions given here obviously aren't what the eponym would define the word as—they're all from dictionary sources (with some edits made by me for space concerns or to remove the eponym, but that line was not added). In any case, I'd never describe any of my friendships with men as platonic unless I wanted to get some weird looks.
Game published: Dec 9th, 2012 at 17:00 GMT
Dec 9th, 2012 at 17:03 GMT
I probably should have expected I'd only get one right considering I don't even know what eponymous means.
Dec 9th, 2012 at 17:10 GMT
Forgive my ignorance, but how does dickensian mean "grotesquely comic"?
Dec 9th, 2012 at 18:06 GMT
The original definition was "grotesquely comic, as some of the characters of Dickens" but I had to remove that part. I'm going to put in a different definition now.
Dec 9th, 2012 at 20:43 GMT
The answers I actually missed don't match with what the results say I missed.
Dec 9th, 2012 at 22:07 GMT
I think the definition for homeric could have also worked for herculean. When you take the quiz you don't get to see all the definitions to pick the right one.
Dec 9th, 2012 at 22:09 GMT
@fakenhaikuleper - but you can skip any definition and go back to it later, so that you can read all the definitions before you choose an answer.
Dec 9th, 2012 at 22:32 GMT
I've only ever heard/used "Homeric" to describe the poetic style or language of the Homeric epics.
Dec 10th, 2012 at 00:15 GMT
nice quiz! I was frustrated that as a grad student in philosophy I didn't get "platonic," but that's because I was thinking of it in a totally different context. I like the added challenge that some of them *could* match more than one word, but once you go through all of them, it is clear what the best match is.
Dec 10th, 2012 at 01:34 GMT
For hermetic I was looking for some definition that had to do with sealing plastic bags, lol. Never heard the definition above, but I'm glad to learn something. Great quiz.
Dec 10th, 2012 at 12:15 GMT
Brilliantly challenging quiz! :) having regularly worked with bayesian modelling, I can say that the kafkaesque clue could also apply :P
Dec 12th, 2012 at 16:17 GMT
Fun quiz! One more to add: tantalizing
Feb 8th, 2013 at 16:33 GMT
I have played this quiz twice now without reaching the end or being able to see the results page. The first time the clock started going backwards, the second time I answered all the questions but it wouldn't end because there was still 1:10 on the clock which wouldn't run down. Methinks sporcle is having some sort of technical difficulties.
Feb 8th, 2013 at 16:40 GMT
3rd attempt and now there is one second stuck on the clock. Sporcle has made this quiz unfinishable!
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