I'm looking for a word or very short phrase for the period of time that is close to now, including both past and future. Words like "recent" or "latest" would cover the near past, and words like "imminent" or "impending" or "coming" would cover the near future, but I want to include both.

In my particular application, I want to cover from about one week in the past to one week in the future, but I don't need to be that specific.

Note: Despite the name, this is not a duplicate of Word meaning "nearby in time".

  • ongoing 1. Currently taking place: an ongoing festival. 2. In progress or evolving. Nov 30, 2014 at 18:16
  • @FumbleFingers: "ongoing" captures events that overlap "now", but would exclude events that ended yesterday or that begin tomorrow. Nov 30, 2014 at 18:24
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    How about just? "I've just arrived, but I'm just going" - in both cases, just implies "close to now (past or future)". Nov 30, 2014 at 18:38
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    In your (software?) application, I'd just go with Current and be done with it. Nov 30, 2014 at 18:39

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The prefix peri- modifies some nouns so they take such a meaning. From etymonline, peri's etymology is

word-forming element meaning “around, about, enclosing,” from Greek peri (prep.) “around, about, beyond,” cognate with Sanskrit pari “around, about, through,” Latin per, from PIE *per- (1) “forward, through” (see per).

Eg, from en.wiktionary, perinatal means “Of or pertaining to the time around birth”.


"Season" is sometimes used that way. ("Holiday season" is longer than a month, but "election season" or "season of unrest" can be only a couple of weeks - including recent past and near future.)


peritemporal? it's a neologism as far as I know but hey, the Greeks are famous for it

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