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#125875 - 03/22/04 01:26 PM yon
wwh Offline
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From Mother Tongue, by Bill Bryson:
Today we have two demonstrative pronouns, this and that, but in Shakespeare's day there was a third, yon, which denoted a further distance than that. You could talk about this hat, that hat, and yon hat. Today the word survives as a colloquialism, yonder, but our speech is fractionally impoverished for its loss.


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#125876 - 03/22/04 09:58 PM Re: yon
Fiberbabe Offline
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There's a Spanish equivalent... esta mesa (this table), esa mesa (that table), and aquella mesa (yonder table). "Yonder" is a little rustic for my everyday speech, but that's the way it was described to me when I was learning Spanish...


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#125877 - 03/23/04 07:04 AM Re: yon
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hither is a good word.

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#125878 - 03/23/04 09:02 AM Re: yon
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Loc: California
Words for here (by me), there (by you), and yonder (by him) are pretty common in languages. Some languages distinguish also a forth location, yon but not visible to you or me. Hither, thither, and yon.


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