Whence blows the northerly: north or
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Here's the reasoning:
(1) a wind that blows from the north is a northerly
(2) the word
whence means "from which place";
thus, north is the place from which the northerly
Northerly, schmortherly, didely
Where, from whence, ye'
Ye' know ye' come from northern
But, south, yea south, ye'
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I'm glad you
didn't use the "from whence" construction. Shudder.
Those of us who live in the Southern Hemisphere
know this. We get regular southerlies off the
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.
Ack--caught me on the "whence!" My husband teaches
Earth Science, so I knew this one!
It might also be pointed out that
from whence is redundant.
Yay! I finally got one right! Studying
Shakespeare pays off!!!
[Mootguy: I'm going to have to make the questions
You could get tricky and say "whither
blows" (but that wouldn't be Moot).
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