(Random long words)

  1. “Propreantepenultimate”: describes the fifth-to-last in a sequence. (pro- from Ancient Greek πρό, “before”)
  2. “Preantepenultimate”: describes the fourth-to-last in a sequence. (pre- from Latin prae, “before”)
  3. “Antepenultimate”: describes the third-to-last in a sequence. (ante- from Latin ante, “before”)
  4. “Penultimate”: describes the second-to-last in a sequence. (pen- from Latin paene, “almost”)
  5. “Ultimate”: describes, among other things, the last in a sequence.

(The order was chosen so they’d be autological in this context, of course.)

Quoted in a debate book. The footnote citation reads: John Silber, “Illiteracy and the Crisis of Our Society,” Bostonia (spring 1994), p. 48.

The state legislature misspelled the drug’s chemical name when it passed the bill that outlawed it in 1986. Thus Burling could not be convicted of possessing the substance specified by the lawmakers. The correct spelling is methylenedioxymethamphetamine, not methylenedioxyethamphetamine [note the omission of the letter m] as the law had it. Next time they ban a drug in Nebraska, they’d better consult a pharmacological dictionary.

I don’t know why this post is here, but it is.

Also, for some reason I got 47 views from Bulgaria today, apparently from the same person.

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