One day you are an average person and suddenly, the very next day, your name becomes an item in a dictionary. An Eponym is a person after whom an invention, phenomenon, or discovery is named.  Many Eponyms have become brand names, while many have come from books. Many historical eponyms are also based on mythological or religous persons. Today we look at the origins of the most famous eponyms, the ones that are used on a daily basis.

In 2013, Leigh Woods, Project Manager at Youth Time jetted off to the small landlocked African nation of Rwanda where he would spend the next few years of his life. Unsurprisingly, living in a little rural village situated in the country’s eastern province entailed many changes in his day-to-day life. His transition caused him to reflect on his own cultural heritage which in turn helped him to adapt to his new environment. Here, Leigh discusses some of the typically British habits and behaviors he had to ditch or reevaluate in order to truly appreciate and embrace his new home.

In temperate countries, or countries that have the typical four seasons, winter holidays are closely associated with snow. Although English is the most universal language in the world and is believed to have a large vocabulary compared to other countries – there are only synonyms for words that are commonly used on a daily basis. That is why in English there is only one word for snow. But to a culture that spends every day in freezing harsh conditions a larger variety of words is required.

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