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Feb 25, 2015
This week’s theme
Latin terms in English

This week’s words
modus operandi
per se
ex post
bona fide
per contra

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ex post

PRONUNCIATION:
(eks POST)

MEANING:
adjective: Based on past events; actual, rather than predicted.
adverb: Retrospectively.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Latin ex (from) + post (after). Earliest documented use: 1937.

USAGE:
“But today, ex post, I know it was the arrow that was the most important, so in telling this I move it to the forefront.”
Witold Gombrowicz; Cosmos; Grove Press; 2005.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
The pain passes but the beauty remains. -Pierre-Auguste Renoir, artist [responding to Matisse on why he painted in spite of his painful arthritis] (25 Feb 1841-1919)

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