The ancient Greek word for "bear" was άρκτος.
The Arctic is named after the animal; it's the place where bears are.
Naturally, when you find a place at the opposite side of the globe from the Arctic and where there are no bears, it's the anti-Arctic - in other words, Antarctica.
So the Arctic is Bears Place, and Antarctica is Not Bears Place.
@InspectorCaracal And tragically, the polar bear is Ursus maritimus - the "sailor bear". The brown bear and its cousins, on the other hand, are Ursus arctos - bear bears!
@noelle oddly enough, it's accurate. Though soon the Arctic is also going to be Other Not Bears Place.
@noelle It's actually named after the bear constellations (Ursa Minor & Major indicate where the north is), but it also works with polar bears.
There might also be a connection to the constellation Ursa Major, the one containing the north star. It has been used for guiding travelers since before Greek was spoken.
@noelle I find this highly relatable because I, too, divide locations between Places Where There Are Bears and Places Where There Are No Bears.
@noelle found This very discriminated speech for 🐧's why it is not vice versa southpole penguenic north pole antipenguenic.
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