Mesmer was a German
| 01 September 2011
Dr Peter Stanbury
Well, we all at the ASA hope you’ll be mesmerised by the NSC 2011.
Mesmerised, according to the Oxford English Dictionary (OED), now means to fascinate or hold spellbound. At least some of the time at the NSC we know you will be.
The word is an eponym, like biro and sandwich and macadam; they reflect the name of the inventor and originator. No doubt you can think of many more – what is the word of a group of eponyms? There’s a flight of swans, maybe a colloquium of academics and a what of anaesthetists?