Word of the Day: Anachronism

a-nach-ro-nism / əˈnakrəˌnizəm




1. an error in chronologically placing a person, object, event, etc., with regards to historical accuracy

Reality is partial to symmetry and slight anachronisms.

Jorge Luis Borges, 1899-1986


2. a person or thing not in its correct historical or chronological time, having been erroneously placed there

Independent self-reliant people would be a counterproductive anachronism in the collective society of the future where people will be defined by their associations.

John Dewey, 1859-1952