What do phrases like ‘Whole Milk’, ‘British English’, ‘Outdoor Rock Climbing’, ‘Manual Typewriter’, and ‘Live Music’ have in common?
They are all called retronyms, and according to this post from Merriam-Webster, they “describe an original after a new version has shown up.” ‘Regular Coffee’ is another example – before the advent of decaffeinated coffee all we had was regular. The post goes on to list a number of others, and we suspect that now you know what they are, you can come up with a few retronyms of your own.
Tom is originally from Brooklyn N.Y but has spent his entire professional career in South Carolina, most recently as Head of Reference Services at the College of Charleston. As part of the Against the Grain and Charleston Conference team, he serves as the associate editor of the print ATG as well as the co-editor of the webpage. Tom’s conference duties include coordinating the Penthouse Suite interviews as well as the conference poster sessions.
He received his MLS from the University of Buffalo, SUNY and a second master’s in public administration from the College of Charleston and the Univ. of South Carolina. His wife Carol and he live in downtown Charleston and she is an artist and a tour guide offering historic walking tours of the city.