Monday 16 November 2020

nunc dies tertitus est

Perhaps one glaring lexical gap in English (see previously) is handily filled—thanks to learning about the lyrical term nudiustertian, though the 1647 coinage by puritan pamphleteer Nathaniel Ward failed to reach the threshold for critical mass (maybe for the best considering the source) and thus adoption in common parlance. Whilst derived from the Latin biblical pronouncement “now is the third day,” it was conscripted to refer to events of the recent past and specifically the day before yesterday (see link up top), but like ereyesterday and overmorrow, didn’t catch on and became obsolete.