I notice few colleagues use 'post' almost everywhere. Today one of them said 'lets meet up post noon' and I thought shouldn't it be 'afternoon'? I could be okay with 'post lunch' but somehow 'post noon' felt very awkward.

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    Post and after are interchangeable; however, since the word "afternoon" is already the precedent. There's no reason to say "post noon." That's wordplay. – xserf Mar 27 '14 at 18:13
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    Not really, you can't put a letter in the after. – terdon Mar 27 '14 at 18:26
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    You also probably shouldn't say "Post the sun went down, it started getting cold," but you could say "Post-sundown, it..." – Gob Ties Mar 27 '14 at 18:58
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    If someone said to me, 'let's meet post-noon', I would assume that to mean immediately thereafter, say about 12.15pm. Otherwise he would have said 'afternoon'. For me 'afternoon' does not begin until I have eaten lunch. (Having said that I have never heard anyone use post-noon) – WS2 Mar 27 '14 at 19:31
  • Google Ngrams show that this use of 'post' (post noon) is not standard. 'After 12' would be the normal way of putting this. – Edwin Ashworth Mar 27 '14 at 23:31

"post noon" and "afternoon" are not interchangeable because "afternoon" refers to a specific time period during a day while "noon" refers to a single, specific time.

  • early morning
  • morning
  • midday
  • afternoon
  • evening
  • night

Saying "post noon" means "let us meet sometime after noon." This is very distinct from:

INCORRECT — Let us meet sometime afternoon.

This sentence is incorrect because "afternoon" is a period of time. "Noon" is the very specific time of 12pm. You could say:

  1. Let us meet sometime after 3pm.

  2. Let us meet post noon.

  3. Let us meet post dinner.

  4. Let us meet during the afternoon.

  5. Let us meet in the afternoon.

  6. Let us meet this afternoon.

  7. Let us meet post 3pm.

Option (7), however, is nonstandard and I recommend avoiding it. It isn't ungrammatical but it still sounds strange.

  • Technically "post-noon" could mean in the evening or night. – Oldcat Apr 17 '14 at 20:54
  • There’s always postprandial, but then we’d dive into the “What time is dinner held?” rat-(or rabbit-)hole. – tchrist May 17 '14 at 17:22
  • 8. Let us meet after noon. – High Performance Mark May 17 '14 at 21:55

The constructs "post lunch" and "post noon" are both incorrect. While "post" can act as a noun prefix in some cases, it does not stand alone as a synonym to "after."

  • Incorrect according to whom? I encourage you to review the help center; answers on this network of sites are expected to provide a measure of explanation, including any suitable references. – choster Sep 4 '14 at 19:50

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