Penultimate. Don’t you love that word?
The first time I ever heard it was on public radio years and years ago. I think the announcer was talking about the penultimate day of a month, but maybe I was listening on December 30th of that particular year.
This morning I got to wondering where the word came from, so, of course, I looked it up. It’s a word from the late 17th century. Somebody—don’t you wonder who?—came up with this variation of the Latin word paenultimus, which is a combination of paene, which means almost, and ultimus, which means last.
So, on this penultimate day of 2011, the bees and I wish you a lovely ending to this year and a glorious beginning to the next one.
BEEattitude for Day #444:
Blessed are those who delight in the sounds of buzzing, for they shall have their ears filled with glory.
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