I came upon the word postchoice in the following sentence of Time magazine’s (May 28) article titled “The optimism bias,” dealing with the benefits of positive thinking:
According to social psychologist Leon Festinger, we re-evaluate the options postchoice to reduce the tension that arises from making a difficult decision between equally desirable options.
I could easily imagine that postchoice is a noun meaning the choice made after something, but I was puzzled why it is post-positioned to “options” instead of saying “post-chosen options.”
Furthermore, none of Cambridge, Oxford, Merriam-Webster online dictionaries registers the word postchoice.
Google Ngram shows incidences of “postchoice.” It emerged around 1950 and the usage dramatically declined to an almost insignificant level after 1970. Instead “post choice” seems to be replacing “postchoice” after aound 1980.
1.Is the word “postchoice” still current, because I don’t see it in any of major dictionaries.
2.Is “postchoice” used as a postposition to “options,” or an objective complement in the above quote? Are these usages right?