Phrase "here, There, and Everywhere"

Was "Here, There, and Everywhere." a popular expression before it became the

title of a Beatles song? If yes, what is the origin of the phrase?

FYI – I'm posting the same question re: "The Long and Winding Road."



2 thoughts on “Phrase "here, There, and Everywhere"

  1. Greetings Whatda,

    The earliest instance I located of the words together in the order you

    cite is from Chapter 5 of Mark Twain's "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer"

    published 130 years ago, in 1875:

    "Mr. Walters fell to 'showing off,' with all sorts of official

    bustlings and activities, giving orders, judgments, discharging

    directions here, there, everywhere that he could find a target."

    http://pd.sparknotes.com/lit/tomsawyer/section5.html

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    Dictionary.net cites the words in the order you mention from a 1913

    Webster's Dictionary:

    "Note: Over, out, off, and similar adverbs, are often used in the

    predicate with the sense and force of adjectives, agreeing in this

    respect with the adverbs of place, here, there, everywhere, nowhere;

    as, the games were over; the play is over; the master was out; his hat

    is off. [1913 Webster]"

    "Source: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)"

    http://www.dictionary.net/over+again

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    Later instances (but still pre-Beatles) appear in a New York Times

    crossword puzzles title listing including 4 puzzle titles of the late

    40s of either "Here There Everywhere" or "Here There and Everywhere"

    by different puzzle authors. See

    http://nytxword.home.mindspring.com/forty2-9b.htm

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    Thanks for asking this interesting question. I hope I've help shed

    some light on your query, and that the grouping of the words was not

    created by the Beatles.

    Best regards,

    journalist-ga

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  2. ADDENDUM: My apologies – Twain's book was published in 1876 – I

    mis-typed the year by accident. I also meant to include this fact:

    "Written off and on from 1872-75, Tom Sawyer was published in 1876, by

    the American Publishing Co."

    http://www.geocities.com/swaisman/sawyer.htm

    So, it is possible the "here, there, everywhere" instance could have

    been penned by Twain as early as 1872.

    Best regards,

    journalist-ga

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