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Someone please remind me why I embarked on this project to comment on every word in the dictionary. Oh, right. I forgot. It’s because I’m a complete idiot. That’s why.

Words like after remind me of that fact.

It’s not that after is a difficult word to understand or use; quite the opposite. It’s the simple words, not the challenging ones, that are tough to tackle here.

The problem is, what can you say about after?

“It’s not before. It’s not during. It’s, well, you know, after.”

That’s about it. If you don’t know what after means then you almost certainly aren’t reading this because you are illiterate; at least in English. And, what witticism can be uttered about after? I can’t think of any.

I suppose I could mention that after doesn’t necessarily refer to only temporal position. It could also reference spacial position.

For example, you might stand after someone in a line. If so, and if you are not a vile bastard who jumps queues, then you will be served at a later time than the person in front of you.

So, in the spacial example of a queue we’re back to the temporal meaning of after, aren’t we? And again I’m left with nothing more to say.

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