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Supreme Ruler Of The Universe 1
I fall into this category:

A bailo, also spelled baylo, (singular; baili / bailos is plural) was a diplomat who oversaw the affairs of the Venetians in Constantinople, and was a permanent fixture in Constantinople around 1454


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bailo
Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://www.you-read-it-here-first.com on January 11, 2012 at 8:16 AM · Report this
Allyn 2
Krulwich/NPR did a little segment on people who became nouns. It was dorky and cute.
http://www.npr.org/blogs/krulwich/2011/0…

I'm sure that will happen with santorum.
Posted by Allyn on January 11, 2012 at 8:19 AM · Report this
johnyawl 3
It would suck to be a Quisling today, anywhere in the eurocentric world. The meaning of the word is so ingrained in the languages and cultures of europe that people who don't even know who Vidkun Quisling was, know that the word means traitor.
Posted by johnyawl on January 11, 2012 at 8:21 AM · Report this
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You've been certainly having a lot if references to Norway in the last little bit.
Posted by NorwegianCanuck on January 11, 2012 at 8:30 AM · Report this
Vince 5
Savage is already a verb and a noun.
Posted by Vince on January 11, 2012 at 8:33 AM · Report this
Fortunate 6
Savage is also an adjective.
Posted by Fortunate on January 11, 2012 at 8:52 AM · Report this
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Santorum got smeared in New Hampshire!
Posted by Shatneriffic on January 11, 2012 at 8:54 AM · Report this
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Benedict Arnold, I'm just saying.
Posted by judybrowni on January 11, 2012 at 9:02 AM · Report this
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Can't believe they didn't have "pilot" on that list.
Posted by fARTing on January 11, 2012 at 9:23 AM · Report this
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And I guess you could make a case for "Benjamin", too.
Posted by fARTing on January 11, 2012 at 9:26 AM · Report this
Fnarf 11
I've always felt sorry for the "Hitler" families I've come across in the censuses, 1930 and earlier. I'm wagering they'll mostly be gone by the 1940 one when it's released later this year.
Posted by Fnarf http://www.facebook.com/fnarf on January 11, 2012 at 10:02 AM · Report this
Allyn 12
@10 I don't think Benjamin would stand scrutiny as eponymous. "Benjamin" in regards to cash is so called because his face is on the bill, not because he had anything to do with its creation or because he was known as someone who used large denominations of money.

Consider Maverick and Boycott. Maverick didn’t brand his horses; he allegedly thought it was cruel. So now a Maverick is someone who bucks tradition or goes it alone. Boycott was boycotted.
Posted by Allyn on January 11, 2012 at 10:05 AM · Report this
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I am genuinely curious about all the Norway references lately. Does Terry have family there?
Posted by Moonmaid on January 11, 2012 at 10:09 AM · Report this
JensR 14
There are 0 people in Norway, Sweden and Denmark with the last name Quisling... It really means "traitor" in everyday langauge on the other hand like actually MEANS it. You can say "he is such a quisling".

So we have some ways to go before we can actually say "and I got santorum AAAALLL over the bed"
Posted by JensR http://ohyran.se on January 11, 2012 at 10:20 AM · Report this
Fnarf 15
@14, QUITE a ways to go. Some of us hope we never get there.
Posted by Fnarf http://www.facebook.com/fnarf on January 11, 2012 at 10:30 AM · Report this
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Looking at the list of definitions in that Life gallery, one thing becomes clear. If you really want santorum to get real legs as a word, it needs at least one more auxiliary definition, one that could have more general application, one that generalizes the original definition. Perhaps something along the lines of:
1b. Any particularly obnoxious or disgusting liquid or viscous substance.


I already see this in SLOG usage. It might as well be part of the definition.
Posted by Brooklyn Reader on January 11, 2012 at 10:45 AM · Report this
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@16 Usage example: "That old head of lettuce was turning into santorum, so I put it on the compost pile."

Vividly descriptive while still being concise and economical. See?
Posted by Brooklyn Reader on January 11, 2012 at 10:52 AM · Report this
Matt from Denver 18
@ 8, since "Benedict Arnold," and not plain old "Arnold" became the synonym for traitor, people with Arnold for a surname escaped that fate.

Varg Vikernes, psychopathic Norwegian Black Metal musician, claims Quisling was a distant relative and has made Quisling part of his name.
Posted by Matt from Denver on January 11, 2012 at 11:35 AM · Report this
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EVERYWHERE I LOOK ON THIS SITE THERE'S SOMETHING ABOUT SANTORUM GET THE FUCK OVER IT ALREADY REALLY WTF?
Posted by SANTORUM on January 11, 2012 at 11:35 AM · Report this
Matt from Denver 20
@ 19, I hope that's parody. I kinda doubt it - it reads more like a basement warrior trying to "take it" to Dan Savage, and one who won't stick around and make another comment here.
Posted by Matt from Denver on January 11, 2012 at 11:47 AM · Report this
pastanaut 21
I'm surprised that Leotard wasn't Dan's favorite from the list. He's always saying how leotarded some people are.
Posted by pastanaut on January 11, 2012 at 11:47 AM · Report this
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@19 Never, Chuckles darling. Not. Ever. Not while Rick Santorum espouses his sociopathic bigotry.
Posted by Brooklyn Reader on January 11, 2012 at 11:50 AM · Report this
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@14, but what happened to Vidkun Quisling's family in Norway after the war? Didn't he, like, have a wife and children? Or parents, brothers, sisters, etc. with the family name Quisling? Did the Quislings at some point decide to change their names, after "quisling" = "traitor" became a common word?
Posted by ankylosaur on January 11, 2012 at 1:08 PM · Report this
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Charles C. Boycott. English landlord during the Irish "land war." people avoided buying goods that funneled money to his land, using the term "boycott" to discuss their strategy.
Posted by Extuno on January 11, 2012 at 3:11 PM · Report this
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@12: Not to put too fine a point on it, but it was cattle, not horses, that Maverick didn't brand.
Posted by John in Iowa on January 11, 2012 at 9:40 PM · Report this
Allyn 26
@25 You are very correct. I don't beleive I was thinking horses, but something went wrong in my brain.
Thanks. Kind Regards.
Posted by Allyn on January 12, 2012 at 6:55 AM · Report this

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