Actually, I'm looking for a short version of a collection of highly related words:

  • Pre-exterior (before the beginning)
  • Pre-interior (after the beginning)
  • Post-exterior (after the ending)
  • Post-interior (before the ending)

The objective is to provide names for a small piece of a computer program that handle things in an order or a "line" with say "sub-lines"

Imagine this situation:

you have a line within a line. people within the bigger line, that are not in the "sub-line" are denoted with the character "A" vs where the "sub-line" people are denoted with the character "a" like this:

A | A | A | A | a | a | a | a | a | a | a| a | a | a | A | A | A

I am looking to name each of these characters: the italicized "A", the italicized "a", the bold "A", and the bold "a"

  • Actually I did some digging and found the words "anterior" and "posterior." however these words could be used for either the interior or exterior words.
    – user189910
    Commented Sep 26, 2016 at 1:59
  • More digging: "preceding" and "succeeding" could be used for the "exterior" words. Now what about the "interior" words?
    – user189910
    Commented Sep 26, 2016 at 2:01
  • So, I guess what I am looking for now is a word for "before the end" and "after the beginning"
    – user189910
    Commented Sep 26, 2016 at 2:01
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    Perhaps "initiating" and "terminating" could work?
    – user189910
    Commented Sep 26, 2016 at 2:03
  • It's not quite clear how this is to be used. Is this similar to a subroutine call? Perhaps, "sub-line insertion point" (A), "sub-line entry point" (a), "sub-line completion point" (a), "main-line continuation point" (A)
    – Jim
    Commented Sep 26, 2016 at 17:23

1 Answer 1


First, second, third, ... [stuff in the middle] ... antepenultimate, penultimate, ultimate (or last)

  • This doesn't work given the requirements of the question.
    – Chenmunka
    Commented Sep 26, 2016 at 13:33

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