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Tuesday, December 08, 2015

Definitions for antipodes

  1. places diametrically opposite each other on the globe.
  2. those who dwell there.

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Citations for antipodes
Be it light with him when it is darkness with me! Let him feel the sun of summer while I am chilled by the snows of winter! Let there be the distance of the antipodes between us! Mary Shelley, Mathilda, 1820
If you drilled a hole straight through the earth, starting at the corner of Seventh Avenue and Forty-second Street, you would pass through ten inches of pavement, four feet of pipes, thirty-five feet of Seventh Avenue subway, about twenty-two hundred miles of rock, around thirty-six hundred miles of nickel-iron core, and then another twenty-two hundred miles of rock…You would have reached Manhattan's antipodes, or diametrically opposite point on the globe. Ian Frazier, "Antipodes," The New Yorker, May 19, 1975
Origin of antipodes
1350-1400
Antipodes comes from the Greek hoi antípodes meaning literally "those with the feet opposite."