How many before the end?

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Let’s start with ultimate (yes, that seems a bit backwards – stay with me.), as in “last”.  The next-to-last, then, is penultimate, easily one of my favorite words.  But there’s more!  The next-to-next-to-last is the antepenultimate.  Need another?  The (\text{next-to})^3-last is the preantepenultimate, a completely real word that Chrome’s built-in dictionary has never seen (it suggests “prearrangement”).

Why am I telling you all this?  I mean, besides the sheer ridiculousness/awesomeness of a word for the fourth-to-last item in a list?  I needed an excuse to post this video:

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One Response to “How many before the end?”

  1. Bryan Says:

    In some languages, natural stresses or accents fall according to rules based on counting the syllables of a word from the end towards the beginning. In this context, the words are:
    last ultimate
    next-to-last penultimate
    next to next to last peripenultimate

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