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 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.
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