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    Looking for English Term:

    What is the English term for, say, example, a digital watch appearing in medieval times?

    Where something modern is taken out of context and placed into a different time frame.

    It's one of those stupid words like "anthropomorphism" - (Using animals with human characteristics.)

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    Re: Looking for English Term:

    This an anachronism.

    From ancient Greek: 'chron' is a syllable referring to time (Kronos was the god of time) and gives us synchronise, chronic, synchronous, etc; 'a' or 'an' applies a negative to what follows. And in these examples, 'syn' means 'same'.

    You can probably work out 'asynchronous'.

    Ray Adams

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