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#209304 - 01/29/13 07:45 AM Words relating to days; how to use?
profborg Offline

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The words I am talking about are those from this weeks email, like hodiernal.

Would it be correct and proper to say "I had a hodiernal meeting", or a hesternal appointment?



#209307 - 01/29/13 09:38 AM Re: Words relating to days; how to use? [Re: profborg]
tsuwm Offline
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hodiernal seems to be mostly used in grammar/linguistics discussions; viz., the hodiernal past (tense), which is used to express same-day events.

hesternal, then, is used for yesterday's events, and pre-hodiernal for previous to yesterday..

but I found this cite from Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton (yes, *that Bulwer-Lytton): In enervating slumbers, from the hesternal dissipation or debauch. (or, he was trying to sleep off a hangover).

#209312 - 01/29/13 04:33 PM Re: Words relating to days; how to use? [Re: tsuwm]
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Yesterdays word: overmorrow is the literal equivalent of overmorgen = the day after tomorrow in up to date Dutch. Does English maybe also have ereyesterday = eergisteren?

#209330 - 01/30/13 10:31 PM Re: Words relating to days; how to use? [Re: BranShea]
Jackie Offline

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Not that I know of, Branny. Everybody I know says the day before yesterday.


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