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Jan 13, 2023
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There’s a word for it

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yesternoon

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with Anu Garg

yesternoon

PRONUNCIATION:
(YES-tuhr-noon)

MEANING:
noun: The afternoon of the previous day.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Old English giestran/gierstan (a time one period prior to the present period) + noon, from Latin nona hora (ninth hour [after sunrise]). Earliest documented use: 1850. Some related words are yestereve and yesternight.

USAGE:
“Yesternoon, whilst Annie was taking a catnap, I carried all the eggs over to the Smiths’ like you told me.”
Cathy Marie Hake; Forevermore; Bethany House; 2008.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
To move freely you must be deeply rooted. -Bella Lewitzky, dancer (13 Jan 1916-2004)

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