One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Of or relating to a situation which exists before a particular event or process occurs, and that which exists afterwards; especially designating differences between data obtained before and after an experiment, procedure, etc., is carried out.
1930s. From before + after. Compare earlier before and after, and also before.after.
before–after/bɪˈfɔː ˈaftə//bɪˈfɔː ˈɑːftə/
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