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Because the practical purpose of eponymy is to communicate ideas efficiently, useful eponymy requires only that the eponymic expression have a commonly accepted meaning.
Though the wounded pride of frustrated potential eponyms is not to be taken lightly, in the grand scheme of things not much damage is done by eponymic inaccuracy, as long as the practical function of eponymy is not impaired.
What can impair the practical usefulness of eponymy in science is the sheer proliferation of eponymic expressions.
xxviii, 280; $150 cloth), edited by Julio Segura and Carlos Rodriguez Braun, which provides detailed definitions and explanations for more than three hundred eponymic expressions commonly used in economics--surely more than enough to tax anyone's memory.
Every day physicians refer to the "Sims position" and use the "Sims speculum," eponymic tributes to his accomplishments.
Possessing neither the awesome faith of an Abraham nor the stoic equanimity of an Isaac, Jacob is, nevertheless, chosen to be the bearer of Divine blessing and the eponymic father of Israel.
Jacob is the real Israel: the Israel of flesh and blood which, like its eponymic father, will travel an uneven and difficult road with God.
Like its eponymic father, Israel neither deserves nor merits God's love.
Such an analysis would suggest that the play contains a moral not only for its eponymic hero but also for his pseudo-intellectual tempters.