1 a note appended to a letter after the signature [syn: PS]
Usage notesIn a letter, to indicate the beginning of a postscript one often uses the abbreviation PS followed by a colon.
addendum to a letter
A postscript (from post scriptum, a Latin expression meaning "after writing" and abbreviated P.S.) is a sentence, paragraph, or occasionally many paragraphs added, often hastily and incidentally, after the signature of a letter or (sometimes) the main body of an essay or book. In a book or essay, a more carefully-composed addition (e.g., for a second edition) is called an afterword. An afterword, not usually called a postscript, is written in response to critical remarks on the first edition. The word has, poetically, been used to refer to any sort of addendum to some main work, even if not attached to a main work, as in Søren Kierkegaard's book titled Concluding Unscientific Postscript.
UsageThe Oxford English Dictionary lists PS both with and without full stops (PS/P.S.). A "P.S.S.", meaning a "Post-subscript", or "P.P.S.", meaning "Post-postscript" is sometimes used to allow the letter writer to add even more thoughts after the first postscript. To continue, a third postscript would be a P.P.P.S. and so on, although these additions are rarely used in practice and would probably be deemed as poor style.
In popular culture
- "P.S. I Love You" is the title of at least three popular songs, one by Rosemary Clooney, one by The Beatles, and one by The All-American Rejects.
- "P.S. I Love You: An Intimate Portrait of Peter Sellers" is the title of a book by Michael Sellers, the performer's son.
- "P.S. I Love You" (2007) is a recent romance movie.
- Writing "P.S." was wildly popular in the 1770s and was in several of the letters Paul Revere delivered on his famous rides.
postscript in Bengali: পোস্টস্ক্রিপ্ট
postscript in Breton: Post-scriptum
postscript in Catalan: Postdata
postscript in Czech: Postskriptum
postscript in German: Postskriptum
postscript in Spanish: Postdata (lenguaje)
postscript in French: Post-scriptum
postscript in Italian: Post scriptum
postscript in Hebrew: נ"ב
postscript in Dutch: Post scriptum
postscript in Japanese: 追伸
postscript in Norwegian: Postskriptum
postscript in Polish: Post scriptum
postscript in Portuguese: Post-Scriptum
postscript in Russian: Постскриптум
postscript in Simple English: Postscript
postscript in Finnish: Jälkikirjoitus
postscript in Swedish: Post scriptum
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