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retronym

[re-truh-nim] /ˈrɛ trə nɪm/
noun
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a term coined in modification of an original term that was used alone (as acoustic guitar instead of guitar ) to distinguish it from a term referring to a later development (as electric guitar ). Other examples of retronyms are snail mail and analog watch .
Origin of retronym
1980, Americanism; retro- + (-o)nym; coined by Frank Mankiewicz, U.S. journalist
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