Questions and Answers

Cheryl has submitted another great question for us: she’s found the word hesternal in the novel she’s reading and wonders what it means.

Hesternal sounds a little bit like nocturnal or diurnal, but I don’t think I’ve heard this one before. Thankfully the OED has the answer as usual. Hesternal means “of yesterday; of yesterday’s standing or date.”

So, for instance, this morning’s hangover might be from a hesternal party, or your hesternal workout might be the reason you’re sore today.

Hope this answers your question, Cheryl. And thanks for the new word!

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