VCR Lesson 3 Presentation

by Matthew Tran

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When Jim saw Robert's _______ shoes, beat-up moccasins from the 70s, he called out, "What are those?"
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WORD

archaic

adj. 1) Characteristic of a much earlier or primitive period.

2) Antiquated; out-of-date

ROOT

arkhein <G. "to begin," "to be first"

HISTORY

arkhē (Greek) ----> arkhaios (Greek) ----> arkhaikos (Greek) ----> archaïque (French) ----> archaic (mid 19th century)

The word archaic used over time:
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SYNONYMS

  • ancient
  • obsolete
  • old-fashioned
  • superannuated

ANTONYMS

  • contemporary
  • current
  • new
  • modern
  • present

DIFFERENT FORMS

archaism n.

archaize v.

archaically adv.

Difference between archaic and obsolete

Archaic is used for words that are old but still identifiable. Obsolete is when the word is no longer used at all.

Ex:
The man inserted the VHS tape into the machine. (archaic) (even thought it's old technology, most people know what VHS tapes are)

The man inserted the beta tape into the machine. (obsolete) (beta tapes came out at the same time as VHS tapes, but were more expensive and were not popular due to cost)

CHOOSE THE LETTER OF THE SENTENCE IN WHICH THE WORD IN BOLD-FACED TYPE IS USED INCORRECTLY.

a) Windows XP is now seen as archaic compared to the new Windows 10.
b) The words of the grandpa were archaic to his grandchildren.
c) He twisted his archaic ankle when he tripped down the stairs.
d) The archaic style of hunting was quickly surpassed by the technology of firearms.

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THE CORRECT ANSWER IS C. ARCHAIC SHOULD NOT BE USED TO DESCRIBE A BODY PART.