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    Anonymous

    Why are the words for "south" and "north" in the Polish language the same as the words for "noon" and "midnight" respectively?  What does the south have to do with noontime and the north with midnight?  Seems kind of strange  ;D

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    Why are the words for "south" and "north" in the Polish language the same as the words for "noon" and "midnight" respectively?  What does the south have to do with noontime and the north with midnight?  Seems kind of strange  ;D

    Sun is on the southern side at noon. It's opposite for midnight. Ukrainians and Belarusians are using similar words 'midday' and 'midnight referring to south and north.
    The terms are archaic in Russian.

    #420681

    Anonymous

    From bible written in czech.

    Žalm 89 : 13
    89.13  Půlnoční i polední strana, kteréž jsi ty stvořil, i Tábor a Hermon o tvém jménu zpívají.

    půlnoční strana-north
    polední strana-jih

    #420682

    Anonymous

    Poludnie (midday) and polnoc (midnight) were used in the past in Slovakia, too. They are archaic. Yeah, the Sun is a determining factor here. Now we use sever (north) and juh (south) only.

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