Quiz on eponyms

Joy Bhattacharjya | Updated on February 01, 2019 Published on February 01, 2019

This week’s quiz is about eponyms — things or activities named after people

Name game

1 Henry Judah _______ was an American surgeon who is widely associated with an action involving a series of abdominal thrusts, which has saved thousands of lives to date. What is his surname?

2 Defender Jan Olsson was the unfortunate first victim in a move where a player facing his own goal feigned a pass before dragging the ball behind his standing leg, turning 180 degrees and accelerating. Which footballer executed this move?

3 There is a law designed to keep criminals from profiting from the publicity of their crimes by selling their stories to publishers or channels. Such laws are usually referred to by which three-word nickname of a notorious serial killer?

4 Sideburns are facial hair grown on the sides of the face, running parallel or beyond the ears. They are named after which American Civil War general?

5 Which Manchester United legend of the 1960s and ’70s has a hairstyle named after him?

6 The daughter of King Agamemnon and Queen Clytemnestra plotted to kill her mother and stepfather Aegisthus for murdering her father. Which specific type of psychological phenomena is named after her?

7 A specific vocal symptom, an unnaturally deep or rough voice, or dysphonia, is named after two Hollywood legends who were married to each other. Name the couple and the syndrome.

8 Born Szmuel Gelbfisz in Poland in 1879, this person is remembered for sayings such as “Include me out” and “A verbal contract isn’t worth the paper it’s written on”. By what name are such expressions known?

9 Born in the 1600s, this man, who arranged the mail service between London and Cambridge, decided that he would have a very specific choice for the horses he rented to students and academic staff. Which popular two-word phrase did he inspire?

10 In which sport do you have moves named after Axel Paulsen, Ulrich Salchow, Alois Lutz and Ina Bauer?


1 Heimlich; he invented the Heimlich manoeuvre to stop choking

2 Johan Cruyff, the Dutch maestro; the move is known as the Cruyff turn

3 Son of Sam law, named after David Berkowitz, who killed six and wounded seven in 1976-77

4 Ambrose Burnside, who was famous for his facial hair; sideburn is a corruption of Burnside

5 Bobby Charlton, known for his comb-over

6 The Electra Complex, coined by Carl Gustav Jung, is the female equivalent of Freud’s Oedipus Complex

7 Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall; the Bogart-Bacall Syndrome

8 Goldwynisms, after Hollywood movie mogul Sam Goldwyn

9 Hobson’s choice, where the users were only allowed to take the next horse in line; now a popular term for the lack of choice

10 Figure skating



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Published on February 01, 2019
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