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afternoons

Oh, come on. Is this really necessary? The dictionary I’m using has separate entries for afternoon and afternoons. The difference is that afternoons is used to describe something that occurs repeatedly in the afternoon or on any afternoon whatsoever, but definitely in the afternoon. For example, your afternoons may be free, particularly if you’re unemployed. […]

afternoon

Afternoon is, well, after noon. How much simpler can it get than that? OK. I admit, it’s not quite simple. To my mind, but not to every dictionary’s mind (see below) It’s obvious when afternoon starts—the instant an accurate clock ticks past the noon mark—but when does it end? When does afternoon slip into evening? […]