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go "antepenultimate" one better?

Postby schott » Sat Dec 24, 2005 8:36 am

Thursday last, I got to counting the days before Christmas and this childhood habit brought to mind the term "penultimate" to describe the day before the Eve of Christmas and then to "antepenultimate" to describe the day prior to that.My verbal obsession naturally posited the question "What's the term describing the day before the antepenultimate day?" My wife says it's "Four shopping days till Christmas!" I'm hoping there's a more elegant possibility.

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Postby Brazilian dude » Sat Dec 24, 2005 10:13 am

Anteantepenultimate?

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Go "antepenultimate" one better

Postby schott » Sat Dec 24, 2005 11:25 am

Thanks, but I think we need to "up the ante".

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Postby Apoclima » Sat Dec 24, 2005 6:28 pm

As BD says: anteantepenultimate or, I found preantepenultimate!

Nothing in the dictionary. I guess in English we are stuck with the phrase, "before the antepenultimate."

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Go "antepenultimate" one better

Postby schott » Sat Dec 24, 2005 6:57 pm

Thanks, I like preantepenultimate! Kind of sounds like a geologic period sometime before the Jurassic.


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