One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
pronoun & adjectivedialect, humorous
The other.as adjective ‘we was talking about it t'other day’as pronoun ‘we were talking of this, that, and t'other’
- ‘I'm not invested in the authenticity or fakery of the box one way or t'other.’
- ‘They were discussing the idea that the real opposition to the Labour Government was not on the benches across from them, and not even over in t'other chamber where the half-asleep unelected preside, but in Fleet Street.’
- ‘Yep the same Jack who I was cussing only t'other day for getting me lost in Cornwall, helped keep me sane this morning, when waking up in Swindon with life with the parents seemed the most horrible thing.’
- ‘Walking into or home from work t'other day, I forget which, I glanced to the side to find myself looking at a huge billboard decorated with my childhood imaginary friend - Ernie from Sesame Street.’
- ‘In other news… Imagine not only my surprise but also my genuine feeling of alarm when I checked my email t'other day and found a missive entitled ‘Merry Christmas’ from that cheeky chappie himself Jamie Oliver.’
tell t'other from which
humorous Tell one from the other.‘we've mixed the whole show up till you can't tell t'other from which’
- ‘‘You see, there's such a many children all about: and come to change their clothes, and crop their hair, it's hard to tell t'other from which,’ said the policeman meditatively; and then, suddenly resuming his official dignity, added, ‘You mustn't never get over that fence again, though: mind that, young man.’’
- ‘I think some had come in twice, but they were so alike one couldn't tell t'other from which.’
Middle English the tother, wrong division of thet other ‘the other’ ( thet, from Old English thaet, the obsolete neuter form of the).
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