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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.

(This has the feel of a shitpost, but it's actually true!)

@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 was going to say "the arctic bear is the bear-bear" but they named it the polar bear :oldmancloud:

@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 @InspectorCaracal
I’m pretty sure the Eurasian brown bear is Ursus arctos arctos. So it’s a bear bear bear, which is as much bear as any bear can be.

Mathematically, you could call it a bear^3.

@noelle @InspectorCaracal Or "the bear from the land of bears". I like that reading because there's a subspecies "Ursus arctos horribilis" which is then clearly "the horrible bear from the land of bears".

@vegetablegremlin @noelle i believe the antibear is typically referred to as Spheniscidae, or penguins

This is the best piece of knowledge I encountered today! 🐻♥️ I want to move to Bears Place.

@noelle

@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

antennae?

climate change 

@noelle 🤯 🤩 this is now my favourite piece of trivia!

@noelle It's actually named after the bear constellations (Ursa Minor & Major indicate where the north is), but it also works with polar bears.

@noelle Why were the greeks in the artic and fooling around with bears though?

@noelle

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.

@Dayglochainsaw @noelle this list also contains the worst Star Wars themed brothel that can exist

@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. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antarcti ; 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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