January 15, 2010
Antipodean Weirdness

Two things about being in Australia spin me out:

1. Sunny windows face north.
2. Orion is upside down in the night sky.

Of course I understand why these things are but northern hemisphere living has me oriented* the other way. Other hemispherical differences, like opposite seasons and solstices, don’t phase me in the least.

*Actually, is there a north-south word pair like orient & occident?

Posted by kuri at January 15, 2010 08:36 AM


Septentrion & Meridion…
Quasi-nonexistent in English, in their substantive form, but quite common (especially in the nautical world) as adjectives: septentrional and meridional…

Posted by: Dave on January 15, 2010 12:57 PM

namboku? ;-)

Posted by: The Goddess on January 16, 2010 10:12 AM

I think the corresponding adjectives from Latin for orientalis and occidentalis are borealis and australis. In English, boreal and austral.

Or, to take another modern variation of the Latin, you could just say its “Australian”. :)

Posted by: Matt Ryall on January 17, 2010 05:45 AM

Having grown up in the southern hemisphere I found it so strange when apartment hunting in London and Tokyo that the dreaded south-facing window had become an attraction.

Posted by: suzy on January 17, 2010 02:48 PM

it is the way the moon faces the other way as it waxes and wanes that would get to me

Posted by: on January 21, 2010 05:19 AM
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