Thursday, February 14, 2013

Naming Origins

The antibiotic vancomycin is named for the person who....

Just kidding.  It's named after no one.  It comes from the word "vanquish."  So naturally, from here on out, I will only be spelling it vanquomycin to be more correct.

It was actually originally called Mississippi Mud because (I kid you not) the preparation was brown and full of impurities.  I guess if I had to choose, I'd rather my antibiotics be named after a word meaning to conquer than after murky river dirt.

But I mean... yumm: Mississippi Mud Cake.

..I'm not lying! Source