Some software I use likes to alphabetize things, so I'd like an alternative to before and after, where sorting lexicographical is the same as sorting by time.

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    Prior and subsequent, before and later – Jim Jul 5 '17 at 3:13
  • Make it an answer and I'll mark it as accepted ;) – Richard Weiss Jul 5 '17 at 3:19
  • Spanish offers antes for before and después for after. :-):-) :-) – tchrist Jul 5 '17 at 4:18
  • I find "before" and "after" natural in such contexts (but dislike greater than and less than). Might "earlier" and "later" be any better? – Steve Lovell Jul 5 '17 at 4:49

Ante and post, from Latin, which are represented verbatim in a.m. and p.m. and can also be used as prefixes in English words.

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