Paenultimus was the original Latin (so close it’s uncanny) which is two meanings; paene means ‘almost’ and ultimus means ‘last’. So, literally, ‘almost last’.
Urban Dictionary Definition:
- Literally means “next to last”. In street speak it takes on the meaning “second to none” or simply used to describe something utterly appeasing. It is easy to get away with using this word because of it’s confusion with “ultimate” by those who don’t know any better.
- Nearly, NEARLY, one more sleep before my boy comes home!
- The best writing implement – ever!
- The best method of fencing in animals – ever!