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#1 2010-07-16 23:13:22

klakritz
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From: Winchester Massachusetts
Registered: 2005-10-25
Posts: 674

'retrogarde' for 'retrograde'

I think this modified word has been influenced by, and stands in opposition to, ‘avante garde.’ (There are also some hits for ‘anterogarde’ in place of ‘anterograde.’) Examples-

He is using a straw man to silence those who do not choose to be silent in the face of a retrogarde, destructive pope …
www.forward.com/articles/12731/

This retrogarde motion has now stopped and Saturn will start moving direct and will be seen in the zodiacal sign of Cancer in a few months.
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This is known as retrogarde motion and will take Mars back into Taurus before, on the 2nd of February 2008, it moves eastwards again …
www.jodrellbank.manchester.ac.uk/astron … nov07.html

The first possibility is of diabetes which can cause neuropathy of the bladder sphincter and hence retrogarde ejaculation. ...
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Retrogarde Amnesia. Very common in people who have suffered from a mild stroke.
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Replica Franck Muller Double Retrogarde Hour Flyback Function …
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#2 2010-07-17 16:41:08

patschwieterman
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From: California
Registered: 2005-10-25
Posts: 1665

Re: 'retrogarde' for 'retrograde'

I think it’s possible that “avant-garde” is influencing the spelling of “retrograde” for some people, but even beyond simple metathesis there’s an added layer here in that “retro-garde” as a counterpoint to “avant-garde” has been around for at least a couple of decades in art and music criticism. The term is especially associated with the Slovenian art movement/collective NSK (the band Laibach is probably NSK’s most visible manifestation for Americans), but it also shows up in other contexts:

Musical artists such as Tom Shaker and the Cats and the Inbred Knucklehead feed the appetites of lovers and friends, while creating a music scene that is simultaneously and fashionably avant-garde and retro-garde.
http://www.wantedinrome.com/articles/co … d_art=1005
[Entertainment article from an Italian advertising periodical]

The term hasn’t made it into the OED yet, however.

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#3 2015-02-03 23:41:48

Dixon Wragg
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From: Cotati, California
Registered: 2008-07-04
Posts: 1372

Re: 'retrogarde' for 'retrograde'

This recently showed up in a comment in my email inbox:

It’s like what Lydia Lunch said at the avant grade fest…

There are a few other examples around, such as:

I think this pair is pretty avant grade!
photo caption

New production of Prokofiev’s Romeo & Juliet very avant grade but hits the mark
title of ballet review

I would think the pronunciation is too different to be an earcorn, but this could easily be an eyecorn. The plausible meaning-connection might be “avant grade” as a quantification, gradation, rating, of the level of progressiveness or experimentalness..

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