|About Us | What's New | Search | Site Map | Contact Us|
You are not logged in. [Log In] Wordsmith.org » Forums » (Old) Weekly themes. (have been consolidated into a single forum above) » Loanwords from German » yon Register User Forum List Calendar Active Topics Search FAQ
#125875 - 03/22/04 01:26 PM yon
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.
#125876 - 03/22/04 09:58 PM Re: yon
Loc: Portland, Oregon
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...
#125877 - 03/23/04 07:04 AM Re: yon
hither is a good word._________________________
formerly known as etaoin...
#125878 - 03/23/04 09:02 AM Re: yon
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.
Forum Stats 8746 Members
Max Online: 3341 @ 12/09/11 02:15 PM
Newest Members bobwar, Johnreed28, Lakshman, dcsteve, Jorg
8746 Registered Users
Who's Online 1 registered (1 invisible), 32 Guests and 6 Spiders online. Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Top Posters (30 Days)
endymion6 111 LukeJavan8 99 wofahulicodoc 83 A C Bowden 52 Tromboniator 9 TitoMatito 2 tuhin 2 FoFong 1 chicablanca 1 tsuwm 1
wwh 13858 Faldage 13803 Jackie 11609 tsuwm 10523 Buffalo Shrdlu 7210 LukeJavan8 6589 AnnaStrophic 6511 Wordwind 6296 of troy 5400 BranShea 5282
Board Rules · Mark all read Contact Us · Wordsmith.org · Top
Disclaimer: Wordsmith.org is not responsible for views expressed on this site. Use of this forum is at your own risk and liability - you agree to hold Wordsmith.org and its associates harmless as a condition of using it.
Home | Today's Word | Yesterday's Word | Subscribe | FAQ | Archives | Search | Feedback
Wordsmith Talk | Wordsmith Chat
© 2014 Wordsmith