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

#3: Guillotine

In an age when execution generally involved getting tortured to death, the no-nonsense beheading was a privilege for nobles only.

A doctor named Joseph-Ignace Guillotin changed that.

During the French Revolution, in the spirit of equality, he advocated a new device – no man with axe required – that brought this technique to the masses.

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