[Ads-l] retronym?

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Wed Sep 1 10:32:02 EDT 2021


A vuvuzela seems very possible.

Another name appears to be "stadium horn."

JL

On Wed, Sep 1, 2021 at 8:11 AM dave at wilton.net <dave at wilton.net> wrote:

>
> It does seem to be a retronym, but probably not a bugle.
>
> Googling seems to indicate a "blow horn" is any horn-shaped advice through
> which a person blows air to make a sound. It can include anything from a
> megaphone to a brass instrument. It may or may not include compressed-air
> horns, depending on how persnickety one is about the definition. In this
> case, I'm thinking it was more likely something like a vuvuzela or air horn
> rather than a bugle, which takes some skill to use. (Plus, if it had been a
> bugle and the reporter didn't know what that was, they probably would have
> called it a "trumpet.")
>
> "Blow horn" would definitely not include something like an automobile horn
> or a device that electronically vibrates the air to create sound. Which is
> why it would seem to be a retronym.
>
>
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> https://www.yahoo.com/news/white-house-responds-plea-interpreter-234051930.html
>
> "At the scene, Mohammed stood guard with Afghan Army soldiers on one side
> of the helicopter, according to the Journal, and used a blow horn to shoo
> off spectators."
>
> A bugle?
>
> JL
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