did you know…

an eponym is a word derived from a person’s name, but you have to do something pretty special for your name to become a verb.  To mesmerize is ” to hypnotize”, named for Franz Anton Mesmer, a German physician of the late 1700s.  Mesmer was famous for his theory of animal magnetism or flow of spiritual energy between physical beings.  Animal magnetism was initially the centerpiece of Mesmerism, Mesmer’s field of hypnosis, but in today’s vernacular a person can be “mesmerized” by a painting or a dog as easily as a hypnotic session. (