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Re: USAGE: Hither, thither and yon (was Re: Weekly Vocab 26)

From:Tristan McLeay <zsau@...>
Date:Sunday, October 19, 2003, 22:09
On Sun, 19 Oct 2003, Roger Mills wrote:

> Paul Bennett/A.Walker/M.Reed have discussed-- > > What about the phrase "Hither, thither and yon", which I've > > encountered in quasi-archiac contexts (i.e. from my Grandparents) > > meaning "All over the place"? Is this something unique to both sets > > of my grandparents (from different regional and social lects), or is > > it just British, or is it archaic, or what is the exact distribution? > > > Yes, that's familiar to me too, in a grandparently context; the 3 who were > US-born were pure upper midwest in speech.
Funny, I'd associated it with British. But then, Archaic and British are almost synonyms to me, conceptually :) (It doesn't help that my grandmother---the Australian one---uses archaisms and sounds relatively British. Or maybe she sounds British because she uses them. At any rate, she used 'us' in the singular a while ago, something I've never heard my parents (or any of their generation) do, so she's either copied it off my generation (unlikely) or it skipped a generation or something. Is singular us used in Britain? (e.g. 'pass us the knife' was what she said)). -- Tristan <kesuari@...> From there to here, from here to there, funny things are everywhere. -- Dr. Seuss


Paul Bennett <paul-bennett@...>
Paul Bennett <paul-bennett@...>
Richard Wordingham <richard.wordingham@...>