BPJ goes by "Philip"? I didn't know that.
Regardless, your reply on his behalf seems to me to be unduly
vehement. I'm sure Tom meant no offense; perhaps the righteous
indignation should be saved for cases where the offense is
intentional? It was an easy mistake to make, as while
everyone on this list is a linguaphile, we're not necessariliy all
philologists. Mr. Chappell certainly jumped the gun by issuing a
public correction without being certain of his facts - but I imagine he
has now learned his lesson and won't make that mistake again. In
fact, he'll probably be quite paranoid on the subject. :)
THC> (what would a "metronym" be?
BPJ> What do you mean be "would be"? The word 'metronym' is perfectly good
BPJ> _English_, as a reference to any half-decent dictionary should show.
I'm afraid that "half-decent" is not good enough, since neither my copy
of M-W nor AHD have "metronym". (At least they don't have
"matronym" either.) I guess you need a fully-decent dictionary
like the OED.