Jedley on 12/23/2005
|The American Heritage Dictionary defines a retronym as “A word or phrase created because an existing term that was once used alone needs to be distinguished from a term referring to a new development, as acoustic guitar in contrast to electric guitar or analog watch in contrast to digital watch.”|
Get it? No? Ok here's a sample question from the quiz you're about to take.
The image to the left used to be just a pen. Now we have to call it a fountain pen to distinguish it from the new-fangled _______________ (ballpoint pen).
Now you got it? Ok, have fun!
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