Anachronism refers to something that is out of place chronologically, such as a wristwatch in a gladiator movie. But what is the word for something that is out of place spatially or geographically, such as an elephant in the dining room?
I guess just plain anomalous wouldn’t cut it, eh?
Out of its element?
[sub]Gotta love those online thesauruses.[/sub]
Thanks, SmackFu and jeyen, but I don’t think they’re quite specific enough. Anomaly pretty much refers to anything that deviates from the norm. Incongruity somehow seems closer, but still not quite on the money. I could have sworn there’s a word that describes this specific situation, like a spatial equivalent of anachronism. I’ve been wracking my brain over it all day.
Dislocated? Displaced? Astray?
I’ll add “alien” to the almost-theres. None of the words so far make me go “THAT’S IT.”
Well, Pismonque this does seem to be a good question! Lately people ask questions that get answered as fast as it takes to do a google search! This is now driving me nuts!
The best I could come up with is the Latin phrase:
ex locus ictus, or out of proper place
Not sure it’s actually a word, but….
As “chronos” is the Greek for time
“topos” is the Greek for place
I would definitely go with displaced. I mean, if an object is displaced, it’s not where it’s supposed to be…
Correct, I guess…
anatopism- misplacement, faulty or inharmonious arrangement
The aforementioned web site also has the following:
anachorism- foreign to a certain locality, geographically impossible
ANACHORISM! That’s the one! It seemed vaguely familiar when I saw it (probably fooling myself there) so I threw it into Google and there are definitions, usages, etc., that cemented it for me. Great sleuthing, pulykamell, dylan_73 and all! Thanks for the help!