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A.Word.A.Day--prequel

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This week's theme: lesser-known counterparts of common words.

prequel (PREE-kwuhl) noun

A book, movie, drama, etc. set in a time preceding that of an existing work.

[From Latin pre- (before) + sequel, from Latin sequi (to follow).]

There are other variants: midquel, sidequel, threequel, ad nauseam.

-Anu Garg (words at wordsmith.org)

"Author Budge Wilson admits writing Before Green Gables -- a prequel to Anne of Green Gables -- was a daunting task."
Maria Kubacki; How Anne became Anne; Calgary Herald (Canada); Feb 10, 2008.

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To hurry pain is to leave a classroom still in session. To prolong pain is to remain seated in a vacated classroom and miss the next lesson. -Yahia Lababidi, writer (b. 1973)

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