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Why doesn't "preposterous" just mean "now"?


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Lol. If you say something is simultaneously both before and after (that is, both pre- and post-), you are speaking nonsense; that is, you are being preposterous. The word “preposterous” is a preposterous word.

Accordingly, it is a word that describes itself. Another such word is the word “polysyllabic”.

Further examples?
 
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It's a thorough-paced absurdity. Explain it if you can.
 
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Of course I understand the origin but my reasoning is that “post” means after and “pre” means before and something the comes before something that comes after is something that comes right now.


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Monosyllabic is of course also polysyllabic.


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Since pre cancels post the word doesn't exist. Don't use it!
 
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We all have it wrong... it’s prep-oste-rous(e) or getting your bones ready to get out of bed in the morning.


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Who am I to begrudge everybody their fun. But, if you look at the meaning of preposterus in Latin the language ithe word was borrowed from: it means "reversed, inverted; perverted, distorted; absurd". While the preposition præ does mean "before", posterus is an adjective meaning "following, next, coming after". Sort of like the English *US?) term "ass-backwards[/i]. The Latin posterius gave us another loanword, posterior, which is the comparative form of posterus.


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