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The Penultimate Adam

December 23, 2019

Penultimate: The one before the last one

I didn’t know the meaning of penultimate. Let’s face it, it’s not a common word. You might know it. You might be better read them me. A lot of people are. Maybe it’s that I read comic books.

Well, I don’t actually read comic books, but I read comics. Specifically I read one comic; Schlock Mercenary. It’s written by my friend, Howard Tayler. Howard is definitely better read than me. He uses the word penultimate.

He combines his web comic into books. There have been 18 finished books. He plans to end his storyline with the 20th book. He’s currently working on his 19th book: the penultimate book.

My daughter has a unique sense of humor. She announced that today, December 23 was Christmas Adam. We all know that tomorrow, December 24th is Christmas Eve. I still have a few presents to make in my workshop. (Happens every Christmas Eve, but oh well.)

Anyway, why is today Christmas Adam? Because, Adam came before Eve. So the day before Christmas Eve would be Christmas Adam.

Like me, my daughter doesn’t know the world penultimate. But, it’s a better joke her way.

Happy Christmas Adam.

Rodney M Bliss is an author, columnist and IT Consultant. His blog updates every weekday. He lives in Pleasant Grove, UT with his lovely wife, thirteen children and grandchildren.

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