The Year of Words: Day 305 The day before the 'Hoperation'


A short and sweet post today. A lovely and underused archaic word and a surprisingly old 'new' addition to the OED and CED.

In fact, afterclap (meaning the last person to clap after others have stopped) is a fifteenth century word and is recorded with this meaning as early as the 1450s. However, it has never been recognised in popular use and for reasons unknown has only just been added to dictionaries within the past three to four years. It appears afterclap was something of an afterthought.

If you'll excuse brevity tonight, I have a border collie to prep and settle for his 'hoperation' tomorrow and that means my time this evening is shorter than would usually be the case.

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