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.
@noelle I love it when that happens, it makes people feel like I’m shitting them.
@noelle You say this, but I feel like it could still be a shitpost
@noelle I mean, all the best trashposts are,
@noelle I was going to say "the arctic bear is the bear-bear" but they named it the polar bear
@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 supersymmetrical theory predicts the existence of the antibear
This is the best piece of knowledge I encountered today! 🐻♥️ I want to move to Bears Place.
@noelle the modern Greek word αντάρτες also means rebels (funny coincidence, unrelated to bears)
@noelle i feel like there should be more ants in antarctica though
or maybe anteaters
@noelle oddly enough, it's accurate. Though soon the Arctic is also going to be Other Not Bears Place.
@noelle I love amazing people with this little nugget.
I did not know that.
@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 I like this explanation because it extends the negation contained in "anti-" ("opposite to") to the existence of bears, which is funny; but as I understood it the name comes from the fact that the Antarctic is opposite to the Arctic regarding its position on the globe, not the presence of the latter's namesake. (v. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antarctica#Etymology ; correct me if I'm wrong, ofc).
@noelle Still, shitpost or not, I'm all for calling the Antarctic "An-arctic" (literally No Bears Place).
@noelle found This very discriminated speech for 🐧's why it is not vice versa southpole penguenic north pole antipenguenic.
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