a time-eater.

tempus edax rerum

literally “time eater”, from the Greek χρόνος [chronos] “time,” and εφάγον [ephagon] “I ate.”

Also the name of the horrifying grasshopper escapement on the Corpus Clock:

Re-discovered this word in a book review. Internet trolls are chronophages, as are social media platforms:

“In these concern trolls and reply guys, Seymour’s chronophage was literalized. The social industry doesn’t just eat our time with endless stimulus and algorithmic scrolling; it eats our time by creating and promoting people who exist only to be explained to, people to whom the world has been created anew every morning, people for whom every settled sociological, scientific, and political argument of modernity must be rehashed, rewritten, and re-accounted, this time with their participation. These people, with their just-asking questions and vapid open letters, are dullards and bores, pettifoggers and casuists, cowards and dissemblers, time-wasters of the worst sort. But Seymour’s book suggests something worse about us, their Twitter and Facebook interlocutors: That we want to waste our time.”

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