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From: "Paul" <>
Subject: Re: [DEV] old fashioned month reference
Date: Thu, 2 Feb 2012 17:37:20 -0000

Sorry, but I am one of the lucky few who had to study Latin.

inst. (instante mense): "this month"
prox. (proximo mense): "next month"
ult. (ultimo mense): "last month"

Another throwback from when Latin was the language of law and religion.


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Date: Wed, 1 Feb 2012 10:30:45 -0500
From: "Susan Young" <>
Subject: Re: [DEV] old fashioned month reference
To: "SP" <>, <>
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Hi Susan,

It is "inst" - used as an abbreviation of "instant" - meaning "of this
month". It is not Latin but an archaic form of date reference found not
only in formal communications such as legal and government despatches but
also used in any communication where brevity was desirable or required, such
as newspaper announcements and quickly written letters. It helped the
reader of the message distinguish between the "7th March" of this year and
the "7th March" of some other year.

Susan D. Young
Chief Executive, Ancestry Solutions County
Administrator, Kent OPC Project

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