One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
determinerNorthern Irish, Northern English, Scottish
That or those.‘I can't take thon licenses’
- ‘She's his double with thon thick wiry black hair.’
- ‘You know thon voice of hers as well.’
- ‘Dougie's always been a bit wary of sailin' in the dark since thon time he ran aground.’
- ‘You're as well rid of thon one.’
- ‘I know he was cursing, for you couldn't speak nice in thon tone of voice.’
- ‘"What's thon island I can see from here?" the sergeant asked.’
pronounNorthern Irish, Northern English, Scottish
That person or thing.‘look at the state of thon’
- ‘I said, "Thon's braw thinkin'!"’
- ‘"Thon is one buck eejit," one of the men muttered.’
- ‘I thought about thon the other day.’
- ‘Would you look at the state of thon?’
- ‘John would have been glad of thon.’
Early 19th century: alteration of yon.
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