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His name has come to denote a long, adventurous journey; who is he?

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Answer: Odysseus

I.e., an odyssey

The word odyssey derives from the Greek Odysseia, the name of Homer's poem.

It tells the story of the 10-year wanderings of Odysseus (the Romans called him Ulysses ) after the Trojan War.

Note that the figurative sense of the word - long, adventurous journey - was first recorded in 1889.


Let's quibble, shall we? We're on an etymological "odyssey" here, not on an etymological "odysseus."

And I am "pandering," not "pandarusing," to the mean-minded fault-finders among us.

It is therefore not their names, but rather derivatives of their names, that have come to mean what they mean.

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