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A.Word.A.Daywith Anu Garg
1. The error of placing a person, object, custom, or event in the wrong historical period.
2. A person, thing, or practice that does not belong in a time period.
[From French anachronisme, from Latin anachronismus, from Greek anakhronismos, from ana-, (backwards) + khronos (time).]
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Anachronism can be of two kinds: parachronism, when the assigned date is too late, and prochronism, when the date is too early. Even language can be fraught with anachronism. Imagine a science fiction story where the protagonist rides a time machine to go back some 500 years. While there, he comments how "nice" someone's dress is. Well, at that time the word nice would have meant "stupid". Sometimes anachronism can be unintentional, a story written in 1970 and set in 2000 that features the USSR, for example.
"The show starts off with a video presentation showing Wakagi, playing
a news anchor, reporting on 'recent' events in Japan such as Commodore
Perry's visit to the country. This kind of anachronism is repeated
halfway through the show."
"GSLP/Liberals expressed support for the remarks made by United Nations
Secretary General Kofi Annan that colonialism is an anachronism in the
21st century and the administering powers should work with the Committee
Propaganda is a soft weapon; hold it in your hands too long, and it will move about like a snake, and strike the other way. -Jean Anouilh, playwright (1910-1987)
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