February 7, 2007


penultimate: n. [pe-NUL'-tuh-mit] the next to the last member of a series; especially : the next to the last syllable of a word
Webster's Third New International Dictionary, Unabridged. Merriam-Webster, 2002. http://unabridged.merriam-webster.com (7 Feb. 2007).

penultimate (= next-to-last) is sometimes misused for ultimate: "The classic surfer movie, "The Endless Summer," caught a new wave this week in Superior Court here. . . . In the complaint, Nynson v. Brown, 694180, Hynson claims that August was set up with a new car, a tavern, and eventually a surfboard business by Brown, with proceeds from the penultimate surfer movie." Marty Graham, "'Endless Summer' Surfer Says He Never Was Paid." L.A. Daily J., 13 Nov. 1995, at [page] 32. Could any movie be dubbed the next-to-last surfing movie of all time?--Garner, Brian. A Dictionary of Modern American Usage. New York: Oxford, 1998, page 487.



  1. Tiday was the penultimate meeting at Glasson Way.

  2. Thanks for the clarification on "penultimate". I have used this word incorrectly for years!

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  3. Yesterday was my brother's penultimate visit to the office on Glasson Way. Annenonymous