Revised as of 14 October 2017
This is actually one of those minor word confusions. Minor because an afterword does occur afterwards, however the afterword sums things up or provides additional or new information while afterward explains where or when it appears.
…started as my way of dealing with a professional frustration with properly spelled words that were out of context in manuscripts I was editing as well as books I was reviewing. It evolved into a sharing of information with y’all. I’m hoping you’ll share with us words that have been a bête noir for you from either end.
|Credit to: Apple Dictionary.com; Merriam-Webster: afterward and afterword; Dictionary.com: afterward and afterword|
|Part of Grammar:|
Alternative spelling: afterward [U.S.]
|At a later or succeeding time
After something has happened
|A final section that comes after the main part of a book
A concluding section, commentary, etc., as of a book, treatise, or the like
|He found out about it long afterward.
Afterward, she got a promotion.
The offender was arrested shortly afterwards.
|The novel has a foreword by an eminent critic and an afterword by the author herself.
The author included an afterword about developments in cancer treatment since the book was written.
Nonfiction authors sometimes conclude their books with an afterword explaining what has happened since they did their research.
|History of the Word:|
|First known use: before 1000
Old English æfterweard or æfteweard, from aft + ward.
|First known use: 1890
A Saxonist substitute for epilogue, which is from after + word.
C’mon, get it out of your system, bitch, whine, moan…which words are your pet peeves? Also, please note that I try to be as accurate as I can, but mistakes happen or I miss something. Email me if you find errors, so I can fix them…and we’ll all benefit!
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