"hither to that point" (J. Travolta)

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Mon Feb 25 03:01:19 UTC 2008

Anyone else watching the Oscars?  If so, anyone else just hear John
Travolta (in a segment on how academy members like him vote for their
choices) say something to the effect of

"hither to that point"

with reduction to schwa on "to" ("hither tuh that point"), so it was
clearly not "hitherto that point"?  The point was a point in time,
and the meaning was quite obviously "up to that point/moment".  I've
never heard this and don't see any gloss in the OED or AHD that
really fit this use of "hither", although some of the archaic senses
in the OED approximate it.


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