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"penultimate" [Nov. 11th, 2005|03:25 pm]
Just me.
answer the poll first. the reason I bring it up will be posted shortly.

Poll #610478 word of the day-

Without looking it up, cuz that'd be cheating, what do you think the word "penultimate" means?

I have no idea.
It's a synonym for awesome- ie, superlative, great, fantastic.
It's a synonym for horrible- ie. awful, terrible
it means "the last" or "final" of an event, series, etc.
it means "the second to last" of an event, series, etc.
It's a synonym for "accidental"

[User Picture]From: li_kao
2005-11-11 11:37 pm (UTC)
When your friends lists consists of people whose post-GRE discussion revolves not around what total score they achieved, but around in which sections they achieved a perfect score, I wonder how many responders will choose the path of irony.
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[User Picture]From: holyoutlaw
2005-11-12 12:16 am (UTC)
Um, perfect score so far.
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[User Picture]From: lemur68
2005-11-12 04:29 am (UTC)
Maybe the folks who don't know what it means are abstaining.
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[User Picture]From: mad_eponine
2005-11-12 03:12 am (UTC)
All ya'll don't know nothin' what your talking about! Its easy:

Penultimate simply means "incontrovertibly awesome". The pen-, like the ink of a pen, means that the awesomeness is permanent and, thus, indisputable. Proper usage of this word may include:

"Dude, my last car was so awesome! Once, this guy in a Corvette pulls up next to me and laughs at my ride. He had his top down and thought he was all hot shit. So challenged him to a race. What he didn't know was that I installed the spoiler myself and that gave me 45 extra horsepower! So I raced this guy and whipped his ass. Unfortunately I wrecked it in another race. I spun out and actually flipped it, dude, no shit. But I was fine because it was a hard top. That was such a penultimate car!"
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[User Picture]From: erikred
2005-11-12 03:22 am (UTC)
I must live in a hole in the ground, because I had no idea people thought this was synonymous with "ultimate."

I'm such a pollyanna.
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