Delving into Historical Mystery -Part III

by Chandrika R Krishnan

The medico-social thriller titled Human was dropped on OTT platform Disney-Hotstar recently.  Kirti Kulhari a cardiac surgeon uses the phrase ‘ Messiah complex’  when she alludes to doctors.

This week, I bring to you eponyms as a part of this series.  Eponyms are words that were derived based on real or fictional people or places.

So, a person with a  messiah complex which is also called the ‘christ Complex’ or ‘Saviour complex’ is a state of mind in which an individual holds a belief that they are the savior of all.

Messiah could have been the offshoot of Greek’s Messias or Aramic Meshiha or Hebrew’s Mashiah. It meant’ anointed, ‘deliverer’ and was used to allude to  Christ-the savior.

It can also be likened to Jehovah complex, which is a form of megalomania in which the individual experiences delusions of grandeur and identifies with qualities associated with God.

It is believed Ernest Jones was the first person to use the term ‘ A God Complex’ in his essay in Applied Psycho-Analysis.  A person with a god complex may refuse to admit the possibility of their error or failure, even in the face of irrefutable evidence, intractable problems, or difficult or impossible tasks ( I can almost see some of you looking at your spouse!)

The next word for the week is Sandwiches. A couple of days back there was trending news that said, ‘Mumbai eatery sells ‘strawberry’ sandwich with cheese and chocolate sauce.’

Sandwiches are a popular snack or go-to meal. The legend goes that John Montagu, the   4th Earl of Sandwich was a gambler, and once he spent 24 hours at the table gambling, and all that he had his servants serve him was meat between two slices of bread.  So, the word sandwich is attributed to him.  The original sandwich was, in fact, a piece of salt beef between two slices of toasted bread.

Thrillist.com came up with a video called, Across the world in 80 sandwiches and Downtown Las Vegas is called the sandwich capital of the world.

 

Sources:

https://www.hindustantimes.com/trending/mumbai-eatery-sells-strawberry-sandwich-with-cheese-and-chocolate-sauce-watch-101641988244617.html

https://www.michiganradio.org/arts-culture/2014-01-12/when-proper-names-become-everyday-words
photo credit: Photo by Anastasia Kalinkina on Unsplash

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Bindu N January 16, 2022 - 11:25 pm

That was a good read ..

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