One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Chiefly literary and poetic. The realm of the dead, or of the souls of the dead, especially regarded as a haven after life on earth; the state of death.
2A situation, condition, or state of affairs very different in nature or character from one's usual experience; something which is unfamiliar, unknown, or not understood.
Mid 17th century; earliest use found in Dicke of Devonshire. From another [pronoun] + country.
another country/əˌnʌðə ˈkʌntri/
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