Retronyms

Aspiring To Be The World's Largest Collection of English Language Retronyms (236 and Counting!)

Definition:

Original Coining:

Frank Mankiewicz, an aide to Robert Kennedy, while President of NPR, in 1980.

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The Collection:

  1. absolute monarchy
  2. absolute zero
  3. acoustic guitar
  4. American Morse Code
  5. AM radio
  6. analog computer
  7. analog recording (Thanks to Mark Goheen)
  8. analog watch
  9. Arabic numbers (Thanks to Brandon Moore)
  10. artistic gymnastics (rhythmic gymnastics was added to the Olympics in 1984)
  11. at-grade expressway
  12. bar soap
  13. beaver dam (Thanks to Brandon Moore)
  14. bias-ply tire
  15. binary programming (Thanks to Brandon Moore)
  16. biological parent
  17. birth mother
  18. black-and-white television
  19. black licorice
  20. black powder
  21. blue-collar worker
  22. breast milk (Thanks to Brandon Moore)
  23. broadcast TV
  24. bricks-and-mortar store (Thanks to John Relf)
  25. British English
  26. Bush 41 (Thanks to Doug Orleans)
  27. cast iron skillet (Thanks to Lija Greenseid)
  28. charcoal grill
  29. Classic Coke
  30. classical music
  31. clay pot
  32. cloth diaper
  33. competitive sports (Thanks to Brandon Moore)
  34. contiguous United States
  35. continental United States (Thanks to Doug Orleans)
  36. conventional oven
  37. conventional warfare (Thanks to Hiep Nguyen)
  38. conventional weapons
  39. corded mouse (Thanks to Ernie Scheuer)
  40. corn on the cob
  41. CRT monitor (Thanks to Mike Bennett)
  42. crystal radio (Thanks to Andrew Greenseid)
  43. dairy milk
  44. day baseball
  45. day game
  46. day shift
  47. day job
  48. desktop computer (Thanks to Elizabeth Daniel)
  49. dial-up Internet connection
  50. dirt road
  51. disposable battery
  52. draft beer (Thanks to Nxt Dad)
  53. English muffin
  54. Euclidean geometry (Thanks to Brandon Moore)
  55. everyday clothes (Thanks to Nxt Dad)
  56. eyeglasses
  57. face-to-face anything
  58. family farm (Thanks to Elizabeth Daniel)
  59. foot patrol (Thanks to Blair Bieser)
  60. forward-engineer(ing) (Thanks to Larry Hamel)
  61. forward-field hockey (Thanks to Robert Megginson)
  62. field hockey
  63. film camera
  64. film noir
  65. First Anglo-Dutch War
  66. flat-bladed screwdriver
  67. foot race (Thanks to Brandon Moore)
  68. forward slash
  69. fountain pen (Thanks to Andrew Greenseid)
  70. four-wheel-drive jeep (Thanks to Brandon Moore)
  71. French franc
  72. full-service gas station
  73. full-time employee
  74. free gift
  75. free parking
  76. free-range chickens
  77. friction brake
  78. glossy photo (Thanks to Blair Bieser)
  79. ground warfare
  80. hand-drawn animation (Thanks to Blair Bieser)
  81. hand fan (Thanks to Brandon Moore)
  82. handmade clothes
  83. handmade meal (Thanks to Brandon Moore)
  84. hand tools
  85. handwritten
  86. hard cider
  87. hard copy
  88. hard disk
  89. hardcover book
  90. health food
  91. heterosexual marriage (Thanks to Paula Lopuch)
  92. home cooking (Thanks to Andrew Greenseid)
  93. home office
  94. home movie
  95. home schooling
  96. honest truth (Thanks to Brandon Moore)
  97. horse cavalry (Thanks to Philip M. Cohen)
  98. horse-drawn carriage
  99. horse polo
  100. human computer
  101. impact printer
  102. incandescent light bulb (Thanks to John Relf)
  103. indoor volleyball (to disambiguate from beach volleyball)
  104. in-ground swimming pool
  105. IRL (In Real Life) anything
  106. kid-pitch baseball (to disambiguate from coach-pitch, machine-pitch, and T-ball baseball) (Thanks to Blair Bieser)
  107. land line
  108. lead-acid car battery
  109. literary fiction (Thanks to Brandon Moore)
  110. live action
  111. live drama
  112. live interview
  113. live music
  114. live production
  115. live TV
  116. log cabin (Thanks to Andrew Greenseid)
  117. magnetic compass
  118. mainframe computer
  119. manual toothbrush (Procter & Gamble sells one under the Crest brand; Thanks to Ernie Scheuer)
  120. manual transmission
  121. manual typewriter
  122. mechanical calculator
  123. mechanical mouse
  124. mechanical watch
  125. meatspace, as disambiguated from cyberspace
  126. men's basketball (Thanks to Nxt Dad)
  127. metal golf spikes (Thanks to Richard McMillan)
  128. metrical poetry
  129. military engineer (Thanks to Nxt Dad)
  130. monaural recording/sound
  131. mortal enemy (Thanks to Brandon Moore)
  132. muzzleloader
  133. naturally aspirated engine
  134. natural blonde
  135. natural childbirth
  136. natural flavor
  137. natural grass (Thanks to Nxt Dad)
  138. natural language
  139. natural light (Thanks to Andrew Greenseid)
  140. natural sweetener
  141. natural turf
  142. Newtonian physics (Thanks to Brandon Moore)
  143. offline publication
  144. oil lamp
  145. Old English
  146. Old Testament
  147. one-speed bicycle
  148. open cockpit
  149. open sewer
  150. optical microscope
  151. optical telescope
  152. optical zoom
  153. opposite sex marriage
  154. organic farming
  155. organic food
  156. outdoor stadium (Thanks to Brandon Moore)
  157. overground train
  158. over-the-board game
  159. paper copy
  160. paper notebook (Thanks to James Collins)
  161. passenger vehicle (Thanks to Brandon Moore)
  162. permanent magnet
  163. permanent marker (thanks to T A Chafin)
  164. pickup truck
  165. pipe organ
  166. plain old telephone service (POTS)
  167. plaintext
  168. pocket watch
  169. print journalists
  170. propeller airplane
  171. pulse dialing
  172. push mower
  173. raw milk
  174. real cream
  175. real life
  176. real numbers
  177. real tennis (known simply as ‘Tennis’ until the middle of the 20th Century when ‘Lawn Tennis’ came along.  See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Real_tennis. Thanks to Will Hargreaves)
  178. real time  (Thanks to Nxt Dad)
  179. reel-to-reel tape recorder
  180. regular coffee
  181. regular gasoline (Thanks to Brandon Moore)
  182. representational art
  183. Roman aqueduct (Thanks to Brandon Moore)
  184. rotary telephone
  185. rowboat (Thanks to Brandon Moore)
  186. sea salt
  187. silent movie
  188. silk stockings (Thanks to Andrew Greenseid)
  189. single-threaded (Thanks to Mark Goheen)
  190. single-wide trailer
  191. sit-down restaurant
  192. small arms
  193. snail mail
  194. sneakernet
  195. snow skiing
  196. standard-definition TV (Thanks to Mark Goheen)
  197. standard measures (as opposed to metric)
  198. standard time
  199. standard transmission (Thanks to Mark Goheen)
  200. steam locomotive
  201. still camera
  202. stone ground (Thanks to Andrew Greenseid)
  203. stone wall  (Thanks to Andrew Greenseid)
  204. straight razor
  205. summer Olympics
  206. surface mail
  207. tackle football (Thanks to Brandon Moore)
  208. tap water
  209. terrestrial radio (Thanks to "batman")
  210. thin-crust pizza (Thanks to Brandon Moore)
  211. traditional family (Thanks to Nxt Dad)
  212. treadle sewing machine (Thanks to Charles M. Stacy)
  213. tube amplifier
  214. tube television
  215. two-parent family
  216. uncontrolled road/highway
  217. unplugged music (Thanks to Mark Goheen)
  218. vaginal sex (Thanks to Brandon Moore)
  219. Viennese waltz
  220. vinyl record (Thanks to Blair Bieser)
  221. visible light
  222. whole grain (Thanks to Steffen E)
  223. whole milk
  224. whole wheat
  225. wild animal (Thanks to Andrew Greenseid)
  226. wildflower (Thanks to Andrew Greenseid)
  227. wind-up watch
  228. wired remote control (Thanks to Mike Bennett)
  229. wood-burning fireplace (or stove)
  230. wooden baseball bat (Thanks to Nxt Dad)
  231. wooden chair (Thanks to Brandon Moore)
  232. wooden ship
  233. wooden tennis racket (Thanks to Richard McMillan)
  234. working cowboy (Thanks to Nxt Dad)
  235. working ranch (Thanks to Nxt Dad)
  236. World War I