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PenultimateWe heard a word being used and thought we knew the meaning. However, the Editorial Assistant, Mom Karen, looked up the word to know for certain.

The word is penultimate, meaning next to the last or the one before the last — such as the penultimate chapter in a book or the penultimate act in a play.

The word was first used in the late 17th century and comes from Latin paenultimus, from paene (almost) + ultimus (last). It is a great word to use when you write and want a phrase other than “next to the last.”

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