The other day I heard from a listener named Lenore from
(Gee, thanks, Lenore! We’re flattered. No, really.)
Actually, Lenore said some very nice things about “
Anyway, Lenore wanted to find out the word I’d mentioned that means “to put off until the day after tomorrow.” That word is perendinate.
I suspect that most first-year Latin students get a little thrill when they learn the Latin word cras, which means “tomorrow.” Once you see that word, it’s easy to see how we get the word procrastinate, which literally means “to put off until tomorrow.”
The word perendinate, however, goes procrastinate one better. As the Oxford English Dictionary tells us, “perendinate” means to “put off something until the day after tomorrow.” It’s from the Latin perendie — literally, “on the day after tomorrow.”
Btw, Lenore, I would have answered your email before now, but I’ve been dreadfully busy perendinating.