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

#6: Maverick

Samuel A. Maverick is famous for what he didn't do.

A Texas lawyer in the 1800s, he once received a fee in cattle rather than cash. Not being a rancher, he simply let his herd wander.

Unbranded cattle were called mavericks – and that word kept roaming until it included others who reject the crowd.

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