[ 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.
Retro Words You’ll Probably Never Use AgainMost of these retronyms -- obsolete words and phrases -- are outdated technologies.
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- retrolental fibroplasia,
- retromandibular vein,
- retromolar pad,
- retroperitoneal space,
Origin of retronym
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