Over Yonder

“It’s right over yonder.” The person talking points towards a hill on the horizon. Will there be a sign when I get to yonder? I hope someday to find yonder. 

Yonder can be a noun, an adjective, or a pronoun. The word is not slang and however you use it, is proper. According to Merriam-Webster, the word has been around since the fourteenth century, from yond as in hither. Synonyms are: beyond, further, yon, and farther. 

One day my truck check engine light came on heading down the interstate. I started looking for the nearest dealer. At the next exit, a billboard indicated there was a Dodge dealer. I stopped at a convenience store, bought fuel and asked where the nearest Dodge dealer was. “It’s just down yonder, pointing down a hill. At the bottom of the hill there’s a highway, take a right toward the river, when you get to the river, if you didn’t see the Dodge dealer, you went the wrong way.” So I should turn left then? “No, you should turn right if you don’t see the Dodge house, it’s down yonder toward town.” The other way I asked? “It’s down yonder one way or the other,” the pleasant girl said. “I have seen it, I just don’t remember for sure whether it’s right or left but it’s just down yonder below the hill.” I fortunately found the dealer to the right. I now have a GPS which gets me to where I need to go, but does anyone have the zip code for Yonder? 


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