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Afterclap: A noun meaning an unexpected, often unpleasant sequel to a matter that had been considered closed. More recently afterclap is used to describe the last person who claps after everyone else has stopped. Derived from Middle English, the first known use of ‘afterclap‘ was in the 14th century. A descriptive use of the word can be found in the title of Charles Lind’s book, “An Afterclap of Fate: Mallory on Everest.”

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