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A.Word.A.Daywith Anu Garg
This week marks Wordsmith.org's octodecennary. It was 18 years ago on March 14, 1994, that I began what has become Wordsmith.org. It has been an enjoyable ride. Thanks for being part of it -- above anything, it's readers like you who make it what it is.
To celebrate the octodecennial, this week we'll look at a few 18-letter words.
adjective: Fourth from the last.
From Latin pre- (before) + ante- (before) + pen- (almost) + ultimus (last). Earliest documented use: 1746. For another example of prefixes gone wild, see hemidemisemiquaver.
"Alert! You have just made it through the preantepenultimate paragraph."
A Purist's Erstwhile Latitudinarianism; The News-Sentinel (Fort Wayne, Indiana); Jun 29, 2002.
"The female in question ... was the preantepenultimate ex-wife of ol' Josh P."
Esther Friesner; Just Another Cowboy; Fantasy & Science Fiction (Cornwall, Connecticut); Apr 2002.
A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:Errors like straws upon the surface flow: / Who would search for pearls must dive below. -John Dryden, poet and dramatist (1631-1700)