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From Latin nudius tertius, from the phrase nunc dies tertius est (“now is the third day”). Coined by Nathaniel Ward (1578–1652) in The Simple Cobler of Aggawam in America (1647).
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /n(j)ʊdi.əsˈtɜʃɪən/
Audio (UK) (file)
- Hyphenation: nu‧di‧us‧ter‧tian
nudiustertian (not comparable)
- (rare, obsolete, modern uses probably humorous) Of or relating to the day before yesterday; very recent.
- 1647, Theodore de la Guard [pseudonym; Nathaniel Ward], The Simple Cobler of Aggawam in America. […], London: […] J[ohn] D[ever] & R[obert] I[bbitson] for Stephen Bowtell, […], →OCLC, pages 24–25:
- [W]hen I heare a nugiperous Gentledame inquire vvhat dreſſe the Queen is in this vveek: vvhat the nudiuſtertian faſhion of the Court; I meane the very nevveſt: vvith egge to be in it in all haſte, vvhat ever it be; I look at her as the very gizzard of a trifle, the product of a quarter of a cypher, the epitome of nothing, fitter to be kickt, if ſhee vvere of a kickable ſubſtance, than either honoured or humoured.
- 2015 April 14, “Jet”, “Jamaica Blue”, in Brewtiful Coffee (blog), archived from the original on 10 April 2016:
- One of the best Chocolate gateau[sic – meaning gateaux] I have ever had! And I just had it nudiustertian afternoon.
- 2015 August 21, “Jaffe Morning Briefing”, in NJTV, archived from the original on 6 September 2015:
- Nudiustertian – adjective Definition: Want a new way to mention something that happened on Wednesday – the day before yesterday? Here you go. Example: “I shared some corned beef hash that nudiustertian morning.”
- ereyesterday (obsolete)
- overmorrow (obsolete)
of or relating to the day before yesterday
- ^ David Mellinkoff (1963) The Language of the Law, Boston, Mass.: Little, Brown and Company, →ISBN, page 207: “Ward coined nugiperous from Latin nugae (nonsense or foolish), and also nudiustertian from Latin nudius tertius (day before yesterday). Both promptly became obsolete.”
- “nudiustertian” at The Etyman Language Blog
- “nudiustertian” at Wordsmith.org
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