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The Penultimate Word Test
Did you catch the gaffe? Penulti-mate, which sounds as though it should mean "the absolute ultimate" means, in fact, "next to last" or the one before ultimate. Needless to say, the penultimate defense system wouldn't make you feel very secure.
English is filled with words that don't really mean what they sound as if they mean. See if you know the real mean-ing of the following words.
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