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The Retronym

The retronym’s a useful word,
A favorite of the language nerd.
It’s coined when innovation’s done
And then refers to Version One.
To wit, our mail was simply mail
Till e-mail forced the added “snail.”
I had to wait till I was grown
To learn a phrase like “land-line phone.”
And no new tricks for this old dog!
The watch I wear is “analog.”
There’s “Classic Coke” and “in-ground pool.”
The retronym conveys “old school.”
But now my lesson’s done.  I guess
I’ll watch some “Star Trek: TOS.”




  1. Anna wrote:

    Thank you! I enjoy collecting words, and that one’s a beauty.

    Monday, September 29, 2008 at 5:18 am | Permalink
  2. BRuce wrote:

    It is very enjoyable to watch a wordsmith in action. I do very much appreciate your work and find it an intelligent distraction from the general noise of the web.

    Monday, September 29, 2008 at 6:46 am | Permalink
  3. m w wrote:

    OK, Scott, 7 letter word and the clue is “Reversion to an earlier type” and it MIGHT start with the letter “a”. Any ideas? Nice blog, by the way.

    I’m gonna go with “atavism.” Do I win?

    Monday, September 29, 2008 at 9:31 am | Permalink
  4. D J. wrote:

    Thank you for the daily smile. As Anna said, today’s wonderful word raised eyebrows along with the smile!

    Monday, September 29, 2008 at 10:34 am | Permalink
  5. Mair wrote:

    Fascinating choice of television viewing…

    Monday, September 29, 2008 at 8:32 pm | Permalink

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