I would like to compile a big list of things used before they were named. For example, precalculus was named (according to Merriam-Webster) only in 1964, but of course existed before that.

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  • Precalculus is not a branch of math, but the name of a course. – KCd Dec 2 at 23:09
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    I imagine hair-splitting was practiced long before it was named. – EulerSpoiler Dec 2 at 23:47
  • Gerrymandering, doxing, eating, breathing, ... – Carl Witthoft Dec 3 at 14:18
  • Sorry, big list questions are considered off-topic on SE. – Conifold Dec 3 at 22:53
  • google.com/… – EulerSpoiler Dec 3 at 23:58