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.

@noelle I was going to say "the arctic bear is the bear-bear" but they named it the polar bear :oldmancloud:

@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!

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@noelle @InspectorCaracal Or "the bear from the land of bears". I like that reading because there's a subspecies "Ursus arctos horribilis" which is then clearly "the horrible bear from the land of bears".

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