Monday, December 07, 2009

Yon

Yon is a word still used, though not terribly frequently, I admit, here in Wales.
 I had no idea it was so unfamiliar to others !

The Free Dictionary  gives some useful examples:


Adj. 1. yon - distant but within sight (`yon' is dialectal); "yonder valley"; "the hills yonder"; "what is yon place?"


yonder

Adv. 1. yon - at or in an indicated (usually distant) place (`yon' is archaic and dialectal); "the house yonder"; "scattered here and yon"- Calder Willingham

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hence, "round yon virgin" would mean "around the Virgin , some distance away".
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2 comments:

margaret said...

In Scotland you hear it alot for 'that', as in "yon woman" or "yon house" although 'yonder' is much rarer.

thegeekywife said...

"Yonder" is used in some areas of the US.