Yonder–where is that?


is not a word I heard growing up in Iowa. The first times I think I really heard it said was when I joined the Air Force.  It seems many of the “southern boys” were partial to it.  They were also partial to the Confederate flag, as I remember.

Anyway, I thought I should find out what the definition of yonder is.  It is: being in a place over there or at an indicated distance, usually within sight.

 I guess that makes sense because you never hear a guy from Texan say he saw something over yonder in Oklahoma.s.

Here is a bonus/extra credit.  Yonder can mean the sky as viewed during daylight. You know, “off we go into the wild blue yonder” in the song informally called the Air Force song.

Do you use “yonder?”

2 responses to “Yonder–where is that?

  1. Actually, yes, I have been known to use yonder. In-fact all three of my adult children use it, and some of my grands even have been heard to utter it.

    No I do not fly a Confederate flag, nor am I personally from the South. Mom and Dad grew up in Missouri, not typically considered the South, but has many of the tendencies of the South I think.

    I use lots of old fashioned words, like “sofa”, “davenport”, “sneakers”, “trousers” and “ice box” to name a few. I also still own a “record” player. In fact made my late husband buy me a new one about 5 years ago.

    I wear “pedal pushers” and yes, when Glenn died I did ask the hospital if they were the ones who called the “undertaker” or did I have to?

    But, on the bright side. My lap top has a Bio-hazard “skin” on it, I own my own Pinnacle Video Capture and transfer and make my own movies. I have “Final Cut” on my lap top and know how to use it.

    I can keep up on the dance floor with the 30 something crowd, the 20 something crowd and the under 12’s as well as still Polka, 2 step, Tango, and Waltz.

    So, yes, I am old fashioned but manage to get around OK and right now I have to go over yonder and see my mom.

  2. wordsbybob

    Great reply. You should do a guest blog post on one or two of those “old” words that you and I used to (and still do use).