Historical Perspectives The Slightly Weirder Than You Think Story Of Where The Word ‘Chronometer’ Comes From (And A Look At What It Means Today)

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Humpty Dumpty famously says, in Alice In Wonderland, that words are nothing more than pieces in a game, where you can change the rules any time you want. “When I use a word,” he says, “it means just what I choose it to mean – neither more nor less.” To which Alice replies, tactfully if skeptically, “The question is…whether you can make words mean so many different things.” In all of watchmaking there’s probably no word that this applies more to than “chronometer,” which first burst on the scene in 1714 – or so many people think – and has been shape-shifting ever since.

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