As those of you who are reading along know, I recently learned that public toilets are called vespasianos in Italy, after the Roman emperor Vespasian, who introduced the concept to the empire. This led my brain to London bobbies, named after British Prime Minister Robert Peel, who founded the London police when he was Home Secretary. * Which made me wonder how many other words there are like this that refer back to a head of state. Not places, buildings, or institutions. Not names borrowed for marketing purposes, like a Lincoln town car or Prince Albert in a can. **
I wracked my brain. I Googled hard. The closest thing I came up with is the sandwich: the right kind of term, but you just can’t compare a dissipated English nobleman with a hard-working Roman emperor.
Tell me, Dear Readers, what am I missing?
*Rest assured, Dear Readers, I am NOT comparing policemen to public toilets. Though now that I think about, in both cases I’m glad to see one when I need one.
**Though Prince Albert was not technically a head of state.