Posted on 09/08/2018 at 04:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek
You’ve heard of synonyms, homonyms, and antonyms, but have you heard of retronyms?
Chances are you’ve used them before — they’re terms like “whole milk” and “silent film” that put a modifier in front of a noun and describes the original meaning of the noun.
So before the advent of audio in movies, there was no need to clarify whether a film had sound.
Check out Merriam-Webster’s list of several common retronyms and enjoy the aha! moments of recognizing other ones in your daily life!