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I'm wondering if there is a name for words which describe a function where the thing described doesn't relate to the reality of the function anymore. Examples:
dial, as a verb. "Dial the phone". Dial phones are largely unused now.
footage, used to describe a video recording. Large digital now.
filming, used to describe the act of making a video recording.
This is almost like a retronym, but is kind of the other side of that coin. An important aspect here is that there is an etymological disconnect. If in some distant future "dial" is still being used, someone studying the word itself might be completely baffled as to why it was being used unless told that phones used to have them.
"Holdover" is close. However, the definition of holdover as
"a person or thing surviving from an earlier time, especially someone surviving in office or remaining on a sports team"
suggests that entity doing a job in the ways of those times. Consider the difference between "Karl" and "Karen" who are typesetters. Karl still sets brass sorts into lines and turns them into lead slugs, he's a holdover. Karen used to do that, but now she flows the text into InDesign. She's still called a typesetter, but she's not exactly a holdover, since she's moved forward with the technology.
I'll admit it's a fine point I'm making here.
This might be a duplicate of Word that means "outdated name"