Unexpected Words Named After People

Unexpected Words Named After People

The saxophone was invented by the Belgian musical instrument designer Adolphe Sax. He also invented the instruments known as the saxotromba, the saxhorn, and the saxtuba. None would be as popular as the saxophone.


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    The word boycott was named after Charles Boycott, a 19th century British land agent. (0:13)

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    The popular aquarium fish the guppy was named after British naturalist Robert John Lechmere Guppy. (4:07)

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    John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich is credited with the invention of the sandwich. (7:49)

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