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Luddite

Pronunciation: LUH-dyt

Definition: a technophobe, any person who is firmly against innovative technology

Origin

Dated back to the 1811’s, this noun originates in an organized band of weavers who destroyed machinery in the Midlands ad northern England between the years of 1811-16, fearing the new machines will deprive them from work.

A different etymologic theory links this noun to Ned Ludd, a Leicestershire worker who did the same, through insanity, in 1779. This story was first told in 1847, a few good years after this noun was coined, so the dates don’t really fit… Although coined as a noun, a 1812 record shows this word to also be an adjective.

Why this word?

Consider your grandmothers and grandfathers; they are the probably the last generation of technophobes, even though nowadays many of them are no longer such… I believe these years to be the last years still showing people fearing technology or being against it. As it is so- why not have another word for it?

How to use luddite?

Luddite is a noun; you can also use it as an adjective but I, personally, feel more comfortable with it being a noun.

A: “Why don’t you call your grandparents over skype? It is free while using the landline will cost you…”

B: “I would, but they are luddites who prefer using technologies they know and are comfortable with”.

Or:

“Dad, stop being a luddite and get yourself a skype account!”

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Written by Victoria Sheinkin

Victoria Sheinkin is a writer, content editor, translator and chief editor for UnusedWords.com. Speaking three and a half languages, she holds two BAs from the Tel Aviv university- Communication and jounalism, English literature and linguistics.

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