Look No Farther

The wording on the door sign at “Images by Fisher” in Holly Hill promises that one need “look no farther” for a unique gift. As I studied and framed this scene, it was the unique grammar that caught my attention. I have often looked no further, though I don’t recall a time when I have looked no farther. So, what’s the difference and is one of these words incorrect for use in this phrase?

In my mind, I think of “farther” as implying a distance not yet traversed, while “further” seems to most often have a place already reached attached to it, as in, “I shall travel no further than this today” vs. “I plan to go farther.”

What are your thoughts, dear reader? In any case, you need “look no further” than the bottom of this post to leave your opinion and comments about this matter or today’s photo.

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"Look No Farther" [Click the image to enlarge/reduce its size.] Nikon D800, ISO 100, f/3.5 at 1/400 sec., 85 mm

“Look No Farther” [Click the image to enlarge/reduce its size.] Nikon D800, ISO 100, f/3.5 at 1/400 sec., 85 mm


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  1. The dictionary shows the same meaning for both words. In fact, the first definition given for “further” is “farther.” Both words imply a greater distance or a more advanced point. Your question, Earl, seems to be answered as a vernacular preference by the speaker or writer.

    Being a southern ‘gentlemen,’ more often I use the word “further” because “farther” has a more ‘Yankee’ tone that denotes a feeling of a better class. Now, you figure that one out!


  2. Yes, your father is right about “farther” and “further.” Dictionary.com shows the same definition for both, and further explains that both words have been used interchangeably since their origins. It seems to be at the discretion of the user. But contrary to your father’s southern/northern explanation, I’m originally a Yankee, but I prefer to use “further.”


    1. I had also looked it up on dictionary.com before making the post. It just didn’t seem right! I figure there must be some unspoken rule somewhere that people adhere too. LOL Or maybe it is purely just a matter of preference. This is one I don’t ever remember being discussed or pointed out in my school daze.


        1. Well now I just think I’m freaking out further and farther than I ever thought I could, quite frankly. Don’t tell your father


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