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The E-Sylum:  Volume 3, Number 17, April 23, 2000, Article 5

THERE'S A WORD FOR THAT? 

   The "A.Word.A.Day" mailing list (http://wordsmith.org/awad/) 
   defines a word that aptly describes some current numismatic 
   terms like "raw coin"  or "unslabbed coin": 

      "retronym (RE-truh-nim) noun  [Latin Retro- back + -nym.] 

      A term, such as acoustic guitar, coined in modification of the 
      original referent that was used alone, such as guitar, to 
      distinguish it from a later contrastive development, such as 
      electric guitar. 

      "I would think that the grocery lists would be filled with 
      retronyms. Who felt the need, 25 years ago, to add `regular' to 
      their coffee order,  `real' to their request for sour cream ...." 
      Gaye LeBaron, Public Television `Storm Damaged', The 
      Press Democrat, 7 Mar 1996." 

   Can you think of other retronyms in numismatic literature? 

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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