what does the word "penultimate" mean?
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    newbie question

    I'm a longtime mountain biker turning roadie. I was recently reading Cycle Sport magazine and came across an unfamiliar term. What does "penultimate" mean? As in, "the penultimate lap" or "penultimate point".

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    It means next to the last lap.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Honeyburst
    I'm a longtime mountain biker turning roadie. I was recently reading Cycle Sport magazine and came across an unfamiliar term. What does "penultimate" mean? As in, "the penultimate lap" or "penultimate point".

    Thanks,
    It just means "next to last" to decribe whatever follows. It's not a cycling specific term.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dwayne Barry
    It just means "next to last" to decribe whatever follows. It's not a cycling specific term.
    a good reference to get familiar with:

    http://dictionary.reference.com/search?q=penultimate
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    Didn't John Holmes invent the word?

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    yeah, he was referring to me. LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spirito
    Didn't John Holmes invent the word?

    ciao

    LOL....God rest his big .........soul.... ;)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spirito
    Didn't John Holmes invent the word?

    ciao
    I read that as "Didn't John Holmes invent the wood".
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    Latin

    "Paena" means "almost", so "penultimate" means almost the last, or next to last.

    "Insula" means "island", so "peninsula" means.....

    Sorry, I got excited to be able to use what I learned in high school Latin class.
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    irregardless, that has no bearing on John Holmes.
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    You could say he had his own peninsula.....
    "The bicycle hides nothing and threatens nothing.
    It is what it does, its form is its function."
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    Clear example of rampant computer misuse here

    There are things computers do better than anything else, and things computers don't do as well as other things. I have a friend who keeps all her recipes in her computer, and because she doesn' t like to "waste the paper," she'll make six trips from her home office to her kitchen when she's cooking dinner. Three-by-five cards work better.
    This is another example: Eleven people (12 with my post) have taken time off work today to tell this guy something he could have found in a dictionary in 10 seconds. Or, hey, go to google and type in "Dictionary penultimate" and take your pick of 20,000-plus hits.

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    Gee who are the fools that responded and then complained about it? I see just one

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    rampant internet UNDERUSE.

    some people don't realize or think about using google or yahoo searches for things.

    not everyone is as computer adept as you and me, Cory baby.

    then still others are "pretty vacant".

    no offense intended to anyone who might have been offended by this post.
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    www.dictionary.com .

    You'll find that roadies have a larger vocabulary than your average MTB'er does....
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