Thursday, October 23, 2014

Word of the Week: Penultimate

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Word: penultimate

How you say it: [pi-nuhl-tuh-mit]

What it is: adjective, noun

What it means: (adjective) 1.) next to the last: the penultimate scene of the play. 2.) of or pertaining to a penult. (noun) 3.) a penult. (Definitions courtesy of

[Side note: Meaning 1 is the most common usage of this word, while meanings 2 and 3 are more obscure. A ‘penult’ is the second to last syllable of a word.]

Use it three times and it's yours! Using a word three times can help it stick in your memory.

During our shopping trip, the department store was the penultimate stop on our list.

The penultimate book of the Harry Potter series is Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.

While some words are pronounced with a penultimate emphasis, it is by no means a fixed rule of English speech. 

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