Word of the Week
This week’s word is: Anachronism
Definition: Anachronism – noun.
a person or thing that is placed in a time which does not fit.
In the movie Back to the Future, Michael J. Fox travels back in time to a period that he does not belong. He becomes an anachronism, a person that is chronologically out of place. He sticks out like a sore thumb, with futuristic clothes and skateboarding skills-before anyone had ever heard of a skateboard!
The word anachronism does not refer only to people. Things can be anachronisms as well. For instance, occasionally as you walk through an urban sprawl of skyscrapers you will happen upon an old, traditionally styled church. These churches are beautiful anachronisms and precious reminders of the past.
Etymology: Anachronism – from Greek anachronismos, from anachronizesthai, meaning to be timed back, from anachronizein, meaning to refer to a wrong time.
Even Shakespeare was guilty of anachronisms! In “Julius Caesar”, a play written in the 16th Century about events which happened in approximately 100 BC, there is the line,
“. . .he plucked me ope his doublet and offered them his throat to cut.”
A doublet is a garment that was worn in Shakespeare’s time, but definitely not in Caesar’s time, so that is anachronistic. Perhaps the word “tunic” would have been more appropriate. A little like King Henry VIII wearing a hoodie and shades, maybe?
If you use the word in your work or in class, you will receive a credit from your teacher.