TODAY IN MIND EXPLOSIONS:
Today I realized that FURTHER and FARTHER are two different words that exist.
/ˈfɜrðər/ Show Spelled Pronunciation [fur-ther] Show IPA Pronunciation compar. adv. and adj. of far with superl. fur⋅thest, verb –adverb
1. at or to a greater distance; farther: I'm too tired to go further.
2. at or to a more advanced point; to a greater extent: Let's not discuss it further.
3. in addition; moreover: Further, he should be here any minute.
4. more distant or remote; farther: The map shows it to be further than I thought.
5. more extended: Does this mean a further delay?
6. additional; more: Further meetings seem pointless.
–verb (used with object)
7. to help forward (a work, undertaking, cause, etc.); promote; advance; forward: You can always count on him to further his own interests.
bef. 900; ME furthere, OE furthra; c. G vordere more advanced
/ˈfɑrðər/ Show Spelled Pronunciation [fahr-ther] Show IPA Pronunciation
–adverb, compar. of far with farthest as superl.
1. at or to a greater distance: He went farther down the road.
2. at or to a more advanced point: They are going no farther in their studies.
3. at or to a greater degree or extent: The application of the law was extended farther.
–adjective, compar. of far with farthest as superl.
4. more distant or remote than something or some place nearer: the farther side of the mountain.
5. extending or tending to a greater distance: He made a still farther trip.
6. Nonstandard. further (defs. 5, 6).
Origin: 1300–50; ME ferther; orig. var. of further
Further was invented FIRST, and Farther is the variation on to the former word!
What?! Yes! It's all true.
Coming soon: this thing I learned about hydrogen!