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The origins of various terms that either gained their nomenclature from being named for actual people or are generally believed to have gained their names in that fashion.

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Green bullet The protocol followed by some stores when a child is reported missing called "Code Adam" after 6-year-old Adam Walsh, who was abducted and murdered in 1981.

Red bullet Coffee is sometimes referred to as a "cup of joe" because of Secretary of the Navy Josephus Daniels.

Red bullet The "Real McCoy" refers to a type of automatic oiler invented by a black man.

Red bullet Dr. Joseph Guillotin invented the guillotine and was later executed with one of those machines.

Red bullet Settlement of a wrongful death suit compels the Post Office to mail for free any letters with "Frank" inscribed in the space where the stamp would otherwise go.

Red bullet The greeting "Hello" entered the language because it was the surname of Alexander Graham Bell's girlfriend.

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