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Whence blows the northerly: north or south?




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Answer: north

Here's the reasoning:

(1) a wind that blows from the north is a northerly and

(2) the word whence means "from which place";

thus, north is the place from which the northerly blows.

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Northerly, schmortherly, didely dortherly,

Where, from whence, ye' blow?

Ye' know ye' come from northern climes,

But, south, yea south, ye' blow.
EverPsyPgh at _aol.com
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I'm glad you didn't use the "from whence" construction. Shudder.
chuck***chuckdavis.ca
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Those of us who live in the Southern Hemisphere know this. We get regular southerlies off the Antarctic Circle.
mre&&xtra.co.nz
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This seems to dodge the people's reason for labeling winds by their source. From my understanding people call winds by the direction they come from because more often than not this will determine what kind of weather they are about to get. People naturally care less about where the wind (and consequently weather) are going next.
anonymous
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Ack--caught me on the "whence!" My husband teaches Earth Science, so I knew this one!
CMarsch786))aol.com
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It might also be pointed out that from whence is redundant.
kgrimes ferrum.edu
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Yay! I finally got one right! Studying Shakespeare pays off!!!

[Mootguy: I'm going to have to make the questions harder.]
jgibson friend.ly.net
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You could get tricky and say "whither blows" (but that wouldn't be Moot).
swhite at zipcon.net
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