While wash­ing dish­es after sup­per tonight I was try­ing to think of a high-falutin’ word that means ‘after sup­per’. The best my school­boy Latin could do was the rather plod­ding post cenam. Then the above word popped into my head. I could not for the life of me come up with the slight­est idea what it meant. I told my wife this, and she said (unaware of the train of thought that had pre­ced­ed this word’s unbid­den advent) “I think it means after a meal.”

I real­ly scare myself some­times. (Oth­er times I’m sleeping.)

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