penultimate vs next to last : Common Errors in English

About penultimate vs next to last

To confuse your readers, use the term “penultimate,” which means “next to last,” but which most people assume means “the very last.” And if you really want to baffle them, use “antepenultimate” to mean “third from the end.”Many people also mistakenly use “penultimate” when they mean “quintessential” or “archetypical.”

penultimate Meaning(s)

  • (n) the next to last syllable in a word
  • (s) next to the last

penultimate in News

  1. Book Reviews

    Minneapolis: Zenith Press, 2011. Pp. vi, 328. Illus., maps, appends., notes, biblio, index. $28.00. ISBN: 0760338981. Aviation historian Dorr uses the penultimate Eight Air Force raid on Berlin, on February 3, 1945, as a means of examining the American air campaign against the German capital.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Strategy Page

  2. Xbox One meets backlash as details surface

    At the E3 conference this week, Microsoft unveiled details on the next in their line of video game consoles, the Xbox One, which will replace the Xbox 360 as the penultimate Microsoft gaming machine. read more
    on June 13, 2013 Source:

  3. Stats: Here's How We Deal With TV Deaths and Shockers Like the 'Red Wedding'

    Following Game of Thrones’ now-infamous Red Wedding episode, people were–what’s the phrase?–crazy pissed. Upset at the shocking end to the season’s penultimate episode, and the deaths of several favorite characters, fans of the show railed on social media with an endless stream of “ Thanks for nothing , Game of Thrones ” and “ I may be completely done with Game of Thrones ” tweets.
    on June 12, 2013 Source: Wired News

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