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Postby Dr. Goodword » Fri Jul 14, 2006 10:56 pm

• anachronism •

Pronunciation: ê--krê-niz-êm • Hear it!

Part of Speech: Noun

Meaning: 1. An error in fixing the time of something, as an anachronism in a calendar or a schedule of events. 2. Something out of date, outside the appropriate time span, as a horse and buggy is an anachronism on today's modern highways.

Notes: Please do not confuse today's Good Word with achronism "timelessness or a lack of time", often heard in the phrase, "an achronism". See the problem? Today's word offers two adjectives to choose from, anachronistic [ê-næ-krê-nis-tik] and anachronous [ê-næ-krê-nês].

In Play: This word most often refers people and things that are behind the times: "Andy Bellamy is an anachronism who still wears spats and a top hat to formal affairs." However, it can indicate any misplacement in time, including to the future: "Leonardo da Vinci was a futuristic anachronism in his day."

Word History: Today's word comes to us from the Greek anachronismos "anachronism" made up of the negative prefix ana- + chronos "time" + izm-os, a nominal suffix. The Greek word for "time" comes from Chronos the god of time, one of the Titans who emerged from the primordial Chaos out of which the universe emerged. He is often confused with the leader of the Titans, Cronus. While the names might possibly be related, we have no idea where the name Cronus comes from, either.
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Postby gailr » Sun Jul 16, 2006 12:54 am

My favorite anachronism. (Just watch out for the raw green mead!)

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Postby Perry » Tue Jul 25, 2006 10:44 am

Hey. And what about the Flat Earth Society?
"Time is nature's way of keeping everything from happening all at once. Lately it hasn't been working."

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Postby Bailey » Tue Jul 25, 2006 10:55 am

and more behind-the-time enthusiasts here

apologies to all the red shirters out there.

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