PRONUNCIATION: (AN-thruh-puh-seen)

MEANING: noun: The geological period marked by a significant human impact on climate and the environment.

ETYMOLOGY: From Greek anthropo- (human) + -cene (denoting a geological period), from Greek kainos (new). Ultimately from the Indo-European root ken (fresh, new, or young) which also gave us recent and Sanskrit kanya (young girl). Earliest documented use: 2000.


ANTHROPOGENE - that bit of DNA that makes a human human

ARTHROPOCENE - the Age of Insects, post-apocalypse

ANTIROPOCENE - We don't want to see the likes of you hanging around here, or, No noose is good noose