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lates

adverb; clipping colloquial
Later, in a little while, see you later. Used in an informal setting when saying goodbye. It can also mean lately or recently in an informal context. Used mainly by high school and college girls as a shortened version of later or lately. The –s ending is added after clipping and seems to serve no purpose other than marking the word as that said by young women. Lates when used instead of later only occurs when saying goodbye. It is more commonly substituted for lately.
 
She’s been stressed out a lot lates.”
Etymology : The root word lately or the root word later are clipped to late and the –s is attached at the end.
Source : Conversation with friend 9-4-10
Last modified: 8 December 2010


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