Ordering Words

When presented with a lot of information, sequentially, often in the form of choices or in a list, it helps to be organized, to be able to order said options in a proper, easy-to-read way; thankfully, in English, we have numerous words to help us do such a thing, thus allowing us to present information in a sequential order. Here are a few words to help you order ideas:

Initial- Occurring at the beginning, e.g., red, yellow, and blue

Medial- Occurring at the middle, e.g., red, yellow, and blue

Final- Occurring at the end, e.g., red, yellow, and blue

Former- The first of two given options, e.g., carrots and apples

Latter- The last of two given options, e.g., carrots and apples

*Ultimate- The last, e.g., pen, marker, crayon, brush, and stylus

Penultimate- Second-to-last, e.g., pen, marker, crayon, brush, and stylus

Antepenultimate- Third-to-last, e.g., pen, marker, crayon, brush, and stylus

Preantepenultimate- Fourth-to-last, e.g., pen, marker, crayon, brush, and stylus

Propreantepenultimate- Fifth-to-last, e.g., pen, marker, crayon, brush, and stylus
(21 letters!)

*Regarding the propreantepenultimate and below terms, they can all be shortened by removing the suffix -imate, i.e., penultimate → penult

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