March 28, 2013
aftermath (noun)
\AF-ter-math\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
1 : result, consequence2 : the period immediately following a usually destructive event
How do you use it?
In the aftermath of the storm, snow was piled high along both sides of the street.
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"Aftermath" was formed by combining the words "after" and "math," but this "math" doesn't have anything to do with mathematics. The "math" in "aftermath" is an entirely different word with a meaning that has to do with mowing hay. Hay grows quickly and it is possible to harvest multiple crops of hay from the same fields in a single growing season. The word "aftermath" originally referred to the second crop of hay harvested in a season–-in other words, the crop grown and harvested after the first harvest.
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