last, latest


last, latest
   Various authorities have issued various strictures against using last when you mean latest. Clearly, last should not be used when it might be misinterpreted, as in "the last episode of the television series" when you mean the most recent but not the final one. However, last in the sense of latest has a certain force of idiom behind it, and when ambiguity is unlikely (as in "He spoke about it often during the last presidential election campaign"), a reasonable measure of latitude should be granted.

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