Browsing through the newsletters I have subscribed to, particularly the one from Liberty (a famous department store in London), a word caught my eye — “Antipodean”. I remember seeing a word like this one before. A single search on Google landed me on this image, which tells me where I saw it.
What does the word “antipode” or “antipodean” mean then? Let’s look at the first Google search result that pops up:
“Antipode” comes from Ancient Greek and is derived from the prefix “anti” (meaning opposite) and the suffix “pode” (meanig foot). A pair of antipodes are any two points on Earth that are diametrically opposite to each other.
Ah, so this is why in the Northern Hemisphere, “the Antipodes” may be used to refer to Australia and New Zealand. And this word isn’t often used in Asia because Australia and New Zealand isn’t anywhere near antipodal to Asia but they are close to the anitpode of London at about 50°S 179°E.
And this is how you find out what a word means, how and by whom it is used, and why it is used this way. Do a Google search, and apply your reason! 🙂 The search will give you knowledge; but only asking why will make it stick.