The story of english in 100 words
by David Crystal
The Story of English in 100 Words looks at 100 words – from wicked, taffeta and billion to dude, robot and watergate – and uses them as starting points to consider the curious ways that the english language has evolved. in this third and final in a series of three extracts, language
expert DAVID CRYSTAL looks at the word alzheimer’s, which is derived from alois alzheimer (1864–1915), the german neurologist who in 1907 described the disease that bears his name. Using this word as a springboard, crystal jumps off from it to consider other words that are derived from surnames.
From the May, 2012 magazine.