[ re-truh-nim ]
/ ˈrɛ trə nɪm /
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.
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