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How obsolete is the word “overmorrow”?

Is there a one-word English term for the day after tomorrow? Perhaps a term that has fallen out of modern English usage.

One that would complete the sequence of: today, tomorrow, ...

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Related: How obsolete is the word “overmorrow”? –  aedia λ Dec 14 '11 at 19:16
@aedia: I think it's a bit more than "related". It's the answer, and then some. –  FumbleFingers Dec 14 '11 at 19:20
The day after tomorrow is "Friday" –  Hugo Dec 14 '11 at 23:08

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There may have been one, or more, and there may still be dialectal variants around here and there. But there's no general word; instead there's a fixed phrase, which you used: the day after tomorrow.

Germanic languages can use the word for morning to refer to the next daybreak. In German Morgen still means both morning and tomorrow; in English morrow, a variant of morning, came to be used in the latter sense. The to- is probably a fossilized definite article.

In German, with its transparent morphology, there is a word Übermorgen that means the day after tomorrow, but English is morphologically naked. If there were such a word, it would be overmorrow.

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Awesome answers. Funny enough - overmorrow will work for what I need, but good to know I shouldn't use as if I'm speaking correct English. Thanks. –  tyndall Dec 14 '11 at 19:44

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