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I thought I was the only one!
Man, it sucks not to have existed when they were handing out geographical terms, doesn’t it?
blame the judeo-christian worldview that puts Jerusalem at the center
Maybe that’s why i’ve always had trouble differentiating between east and west. I mean, i know that L.A. is that way and New York the other (and can consistently point at which is which), but i have to pause and come up with the right word for the direction. Now i can blame history!
EXACTLY. It isn’t that I don’t know which way is east and which is west — and I don’t confused the coasts or anything. But if you ask me which side of Bloomington Knightridge is on, I have to be careful to say east, or I might screw it up. I have long suspected this is the reason why.
I’ve never had any trouble with it. Then again, in my day they actually taught history. 🙂
It isn’t that I wasn’t taught history (though I wasn’t, really); it’s just that on a fundamental level, I thought of the Far East as lying off in the direction of California, and Western Europe being off past New England. We’re on the wrong side of the planet from the origin of those terms.
Darn this sphere!