A Way Yonder

Living in Texas, I have heard the word “yonder” used several times. The adverb yonder, from Old English geond, is not exclusively Southern but is more frequently used here than in any other region of the United States.  Yonder carries with it an inherent sense of distance farther than “there” and is used if the person or thing indicated can be seen: the shed over yonder. Or it might be nearby but completely out of sight, as over the mountains.

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