Words at Play : Top 10 Words from People's Names

#2: Boycott

Facing famine in 19th century Ireland, poor farmers asked their estate manager, Charles Cunningham Boycott, for a rent reduction.

He rejected their pleas; they refused to pay him.

Boycott brought in new workers and won the battle. But he lost the war to history: his name became used for this kind of organized protest.

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