One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1poetic, literary Chiefly 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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