The use of "latter" comes up now and again. I learned it to mean the second item in a list.
"Beef, pork, or chicken? I'll take the latter, pork."
However, sometimes times I see people using it to mean the last item in the list.
"Beef, pork, or chicken? I'll take the latter, chicken."
Latter does also mean later/last in a time-sense. From Merriam-Webster.com:
Definition of LATTER
a : belonging to a subsequent time or period : more recent [the latter stages of growth]
b : of or relating to the end [in their latter days]
c : recent, present [affected by latter calamities]
: of, relating to, or being the second of two groups or things or the last of several groups or things referred to [of ham and beef the latter meat is cheaper today]
So in this case, I pretty sure I'm right. Using it to mean "chicken" in the "Beef, pork, or chicken" list is a mistake. It seems an easy mistake to make though, since in non-lists it could mean the last/latest thing.
Any opinions on this? :)