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Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Nuts and Bolts: West Atlantic

The term West Atlantic describes a whole group of languages that are spoken in...well, guess.

Here's a picture of the world to help you:


I'm sure you all know that West is leftwards, and also that the Atlantic Ocean is the pale blue stuff between the two main clumps of land. 

So, the West Atlantic languages must be spoken by people in...Brazil? Mexico? 

North America, perhaps?

Nope. Not even close.

The West Atlantic languages are spoken from Senegal to Liberia, and in Cameroon and Sudan.


No, I don't even begin to understand it, either.

Nuts and Bolts: Atlantic. The ocean isn't named after the Ancient Greek heroine Atalanta, as you'd expect, but after the Ancient Greek titan Atlas. The Greek pelagos Atalantikos, sea of Atlas, was so named because it lay beyond the Atlas Mountains.

Well, it doesn't, really, for most people (including Greeks) but, hey...

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