Years ago from JRR Tolkien's The Silmarillion, I learned the delightful suffixes -ence and -ither in the word meanings:
- hence: from this nearby place
- hither: toward this nearby place
- thence: from that far place
- thither: toward that far place
- whence: from the place
- whither: toward the place
Recently, as a joke to use the words, I sent a friend an SMS message: "Later I'll arrive at your place. I will go hence thither, and return thence hither. Haha".
Now in creating this question, I realized ... there is at least one more suffix, "-ere":
I haven't thought about it as a member of a set of 3 until today, because it's in everyday use. While "-ence" and "-ither" have all but vanished, and so when someone uses them, it makes a spoken or written sentence more interesting.
So, do other suffixes exist or is there an essay of discussion about these and related terms somewhere out there?
Extra thought: "-at".
- not sure if ever there's been a word starting with H for "nearby", however, everyone knows the idiom "this, that, the other"... so I could suggest "this" instead of "Hhat".