eponymous vs self-titled : Common Errors in English

About eponymous vs self-titled

It has become popular among certain critics to call recordings named after their performing artists “eponymous.” Thus the album by the Beatles titled The Beatles would be an eponymous album. (Don’t remember it? It’s the one most people call The White Album; the title was embossed on the cover rather than printed on it.) This pretentious term is not only so obscure as to be almost useless, these writers are not using it in its original sense; it was the person who was eponymous, not the thing named after the person. I prefer the usage of critics who call such recordings “self-titled.” It’s an awkward phrase, but at least it’s easy for the reader to figure out what is meant.

eponymous Meaning(s)

  • (a) being or relating to or bearing the name of an eponym

eponymous in News

  1. Bloomberg's Terminal Snooping More Widespread Than Wall Street Thought

    "We are in the often-difficult position of reporting on our customers," Bloomberg News editor Matthew Winkler wrote in The Bloomberg Way, the once-secret journalism manual used to teach reporters about the style and ethics of writing for the news division of Michael Bloomberg's eponymous financial services company, which in the past few months has been accused of spying on Wall Street clients ...
    on June 15, 2013 Source: The Atlantic Wire via Yahoo! News

  2. The True Story Of Amazing Customer Service From--Gasp!--An Airline

    When Barbara Apple Sullivan, CEO of an eponymous brand-engagement firm, accidentally dropped her passport in a Charles de Gaulle airport mailbox just before boarding a flight, she was certain she'd be stuck for days. But thanks to a Delta employee, she made it on board and had her future travel plans transformed forever. “Keep Climbing.” That is the slogan for Delta Airlines’s latest advertising ...
    on June 14, 2013 Source: Fast Company Magazine

  3. EU Recovery Will Be the Big Surprise of 2013: Johnson

    The eponymous head of Hugh Johnson Advisors says a European recovery in the second half of the year will take shape.
    on June 14, 2013 Source: Breakout Videos via Yahoo! Finance

self-titled in News

  1. Civil Wars Release New Song and Plan New Album Release

    Civil Wars are moving ahead with the release of their second album. A self-titled collection
    on June 15, 2013 Source: antiMUSIC

  2. Scorpion Child Release Liquor Video

    Rising stars Scorpion Child have released a video for their track 'Liquor,' which comes from Scorpion Child's self-titled album, due out on June 24 via Nuclear Blast
    on June 13, 2013 Source: antiMUSIC

  3. Self-titled Record From The Civil Wars To Be Released August 6 On Sensibility Music/Columbia Records

    NEW YORK, June 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --  The Civil Wars ' highly anticipated sophomore self-titled album will be released August 6 on Sensibility Music/Columbia Records . This is the follow up to the three-time ...
    on June 11, 2013 Source: PR Newswire via Yahoo! Finance

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