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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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.


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Coffee is sometimes referred to as a “cup of joe” because of Secretary of the Navy
Josephus Daniels.


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The “Real McCoy” refers to a type of automatic oiler invented by a black man.


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


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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.


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The greeting “Hello” entered the language because it was the surname of Alexander Graham Bell’s girlfriend.