Where is the Middle East? The Near East? The Far East?

It’s no surprise that many of our place names are relatively new to English. Some (like Far East) were born during British colonization, but “Near East” and “Middle East” are more modern than that.

The word “east” is derived from the Sanskrit word “usās” meaning “dawn” or “morning.” From the perspective of Europe and Asia, this makes sense because the sun rises in the east. Conversely, the word “west” comes from the word for “evening” from the Sanskrit word “avah” meaning “to go down.” These words are all relational and dictate the space around the speaker. Our words for geography reveal where we are.

Language can dictate how we perceive the world around us. Learn about a language that does not have words for “left” and “right” here.

So, what about those three confusing phrases: Far East, Middle East, and Near East?

The simplest of these slippery phrases is the Far East. First recorded in 1616, the phrase “Far East” came into common usage in the 1800s because of British colonial expansion to eastern Asia. The term was used to describe all British colonies east of India. Today, it still refers to China, Japan and other countries on the eastern rim of Asia, but its use has declined steadily in the latter twentieth century.

First used in 1856, the term “Near East” was defined specifically against the Far East and referred to the region in Asia that’s west of India. Today, the region of the Near East is imprecise and overlaps with the Middle East. It typically refers to southwest Asia, particularly Turkey, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and other nations of the Arabian Peninsula. It is not as commonly used as “Middle East.”

So where is the Middle East? Well, it depends on who you ask. The phrase “Middle East” was first used in 1876 as a synonym for “Mesopotamia,” which literally meant “between rivers” in Ancient Greek, specifically between the Tigris and Euphrates in modern-day Iraq. Over time, it has come to describe the region stretching from Egypt and Sudan in Africa to Turkey in the north to Iran. Oddly, in Asia, what we call the “Middle East” is called “Western Asia.” If you look at a map, that makes sense.

How did the Red Sea, Yellow Sea and Black Sea get their names? Find out here.

What we say about places also shapes what we think about them. The typical English definitions of East do not include Russia, the largest country east of Europe. Similarly, the ways we describe geographic regions are often influenced by political or religious affiliation. These distinctions can contradict each other, though. For example, in early 2011, the political revolutions known collectively as the “Arab Spring” pointed out the contradictions between the “Middle East” and the “Arab World,” which are sometimes used synonymously by journalists but actually refer to different geographies, nations, and cultural groups. Libya, for instance, is not in the Middle East, but it is in the Arab World.

Here’s a more minute example. In New York City, two of the boroughs, Brooklyn and Queens, are actually the western edges of Long Island. However, because they are part of “New York City” in terms of a municipality, it would be absurd to refer to them as “Long Island.”

Oddly, in linguistic terms, the world seems to stop just east of Japan. Even in China, they refer to the United States as the “West.” Though, technically, North America is “east” of China, it is considered part of the cultural West.

(Why is America called America? Learn about it here.)

What do you think about this geographic terminology? Do you use contradictory distinctions?

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  1. kavod v kaved -  September 19, 2016 - 11:50 am

    English words, with the exception of recent loan words (like karma), DO NOT derive from Sanskrit words.

    The English word east derived from the proto-Germanic *aus-t which, like the Sanskrit, derived from the proto-Indo-European *austo-s. Any similarity is due to them having a common parent language.

  2. Aman -  March 25, 2016 - 6:13 pm

    In truth and origins the Eurocentric term of Near/Middle and Fear East is used for West/Central and East Asia:

    Near East include = Western Asia (Southwestern Asia exactly because SWA lie to the south of Eastern Europe by means the Russian European Part), Countrys: Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Israel, Palestine, Irak, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait,UAE, Bahrain, Oman and Yemen.

    stretch to trans-countrys as a continuity:

    to Central and South Asia (in Eurocentric Middle East): Iran.
    to europe: Turkey(Anatolia), Cyprus,Gerorgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan.
    to Africa: Egypt (Sinai).

    THE REAL MIDDLE EAST = Central and Southern Asia that means: India, Siri Lanka, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzistan.

    can spalled into:

    to the North: Kazakhstan, Central Russia.
    to the east: Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh and the extreme Western Provinces of China.
    to the south: Maledives, Brith Indian Ocean Territory.
    to the west: Iran.

    The Fear East Generally used for: China, Mongolia, Koreas, Japan, Taiwan, Philippines, Vietnam, Laos,Thailand, Burma, Cambodia, Malaysia, Indonesia.

    and can used to: Eastern Russia, Micronesia (US), New Guinea and Papua New Guinea.


    What we call the Arab World today (Pan-Region), lie to the South of Europe and to the North of Subsaharan Africa, stretch from the Atlantic Ocean to the West and the Indian Ocean to the East. The same European concept of West (Occident) and East (Orient) can be found in Arabic as Maghreb (West/Occident) and Mashrek (East/Orient).

    The Maghreb Countrys: Morrocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya and Mauritania.
    The Mashrek Countrys: same Near East Area exclude Iran, Turkey, Cyprus and the Caucasus Countrys but used also for Egypt, Sudan (today North part), Djibouti, Somalia and the Comoros.

    The Word Arab in Hebrew Origins means Mixed or Mixed Race. In fact Arabs are a pan ethnicity of White and Black mix (the trans Race of Semetic and Hamitic Peoples). more White dominated to north and Black to south, but have due historian reasons some Indian/Uigurian input by the Eastern Arabs. What we call today Arabs are descendents of ancient Peoples like: Berbers (Leguatinians, Numidians, Moors), Egyptians, Nubians, Assyrians, Phoenicians, Assyrians, Gulf Beduins who developed a massive exchange after Islamic epoch (the thrid Abrahimic Religion).

    Western Arabs (Morrocans, Algerians, Libyans, Mauritanians) are generally related to Italians, Maltese and Iberians (Spaniards, portuguese) and Western African People.

    Eastern Arabs more related to Eastern Europeans like Greeks, Turks (Uigurian input), Eastern Africans (Specially Sudan, Djibouti, Somalia, Yemen and Western Saudi Arabia) with some Indian input by the Gulf States.

    thats all.

    • innie -  May 8, 2016 - 9:32 am

      thanks for the info! great read.

    • kavod v kaved -  September 19, 2016 - 12:13 pm

      The word Arab does NOT come from Hebrew, it comes from proto-Semitic. When proto-Semitic broke up it came to have different meanings in the daughter languages. What it means to the Arabs when they use it as an ethnonym is not the same as what it means in Hebrew.

      “Mixed” is only one of it’s meanings in Hebrew, another is “steppe/plateau/desert” or “person from a plateau/desert” and another, thanks to Hebrew losing the original letter ghayin and assimilating it to ‘ayin, is “west” or “person from the west”.

      The “mixed multitude” were those who left Egypt for Israel with Moses and became Jews, which has nothing do to with the people living in the Arabian penninsula.

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  5. Kev -  February 17, 2013 - 2:55 pm

    I am reading this article now. I am on the second paragraph. I will correct your mistakes. You’re welcome.
    “East” is cognate with Sanskrit. It is not derived from Sanskrit. A big difference. Do you understand?
    The etymology of the English word east can be found in any Etymological Dictionary, or in most un-abridged English dictionaries. To say that the English for ‘east’ and ‘west’ “come from” Sanskrit is like saying that you “come from” your paternal great-uncle. No, you come from your father, who comes from your grand-parents, whose BROTHER is your great-uncle.
    What confuses you is that Sanskrit was written down before the oldest Germanic (where English comes from) language was written down.

    As for your explanation of the rest of it (after your oh-so-erudite explanation of the etymology of East and West), as far as I’m concerned, the terms are somewhat fluid.

    But I wouldn’t look to you for an explanation of anything.

  6. sharrun -  May 8, 2012 - 11:50 am

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  7. Cheer4issy -  March 10, 2012 - 3:45 pm

    “When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace” -Hendrix


  8. Cheer4issy -  March 10, 2012 - 12:34 am


    When will the world have sense?

  9. thomas jefferson -  March 7, 2012 - 7:39 am


  10. Pegasus -  March 5, 2012 - 6:46 am

    @ Ben @ nate

    Actually If you are standing on the north pole, the sun technically rises in the south (in March) and then sets … in the south (in late September). But you’d have to keep moving to stay at the north pole and experience a complete cycle, as the polar ice cap is in constant motion.

    The south pole is exactly the opposite. The sun rises and sets in the north, and you may stand on it and not move due to the antarctic land mass. Well, technically, I guess you’d be spinning due to the earth’s rotation.

  11. mary torres 4 ever -  March 4, 2012 - 4:35 pm

    @oniya are you talking to me ?

  12. oniya -  March 2, 2012 - 4:41 pm

    how do you know my name

  13. mary torres so loved -  February 29, 2012 - 10:44 am

    @oniya yah and what of it

  14. Paul -  February 29, 2012 - 6:51 am

    Ben, at the poles the sun would not rise in the east and set in the west. At the north pole it would rise in the south and set in the south, and at the south pole it would rise in the north and set in the north.

  15. oniya -  February 28, 2012 - 5:18 pm

    talk that all you want to did you are a girl.

  16. mary torres so loved -  February 27, 2012 - 5:55 pm

    talk that talk !

  17. mary torres so loved -  February 27, 2012 - 5:54 pm

    O.G.T s count down started ahhh i have 9 days i go to school (ecot)

  18. mary torres so loved -  February 27, 2012 - 5:48 pm

    @wondering what comments how old are you? are you being mean when you said that ?

  19. wondering -  February 27, 2012 - 3:19 pm

    @marry torres… You are only 16? Based on your comments I thought you are 10 max.

  20. mary torres so loved -  February 27, 2012 - 2:57 pm

    @zach thank you that tells these people alot im right and there wrong lol haha

  21. mary torres so loved -  February 27, 2012 - 2:00 pm

    @john yup lol

  22. mary torres so loved -  February 27, 2012 - 12:15 pm

    im only 16 stop yelling at me my goodness people ! say somthing nice for once !

  23. mary torres so loved -  February 27, 2012 - 12:14 pm

    @joan thanks for the comment!

  24. mary torres so loved -  February 27, 2012 - 12:12 pm

    ok damb dig deal leave me alone already gosh !

  25. Hilal -  February 27, 2012 - 12:11 pm

    So, according to article what is the answer? Im not satisfied…

  26. vicaari -  February 27, 2012 - 11:10 am

    Confusing, sorry to say, as usual; eg, it, the article, didn’t let us know the countries in Middle East though “Oddly, in Asia, what we call the “Middle East” is called “Western Asia.”– un4tunately, this part still doesn’t make sense & remain confused.

    Learned a lot about the certain regions in Asia; however, some GAPs left behind, perhaps. Now if Nr East is the SOUTH WEST Asia and the countries belonging to it are Turkey, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Israel. Saudi Arabia and other of its community countries… then, WEST Asia… where is it, what is it and who/what countries belong to it?

    The article is a kind of political–unfortunately– indirect praise of past atrocities of certain culture claiming & enjoying to be in today’s so called global community friendship; hence, perahaps it is better to avoid such that is past glory….

    4give me I thought it was Usha!–that is dawn or morning in Sanskrit.
    Thanks 4 using & noting Sanskrit terms for EAST/West etc; recognizing Sanskrit’s cotribution to world culture.

  27. zach -  February 27, 2012 - 10:02 am


    for the intellectual types who post this sort of thing: the bible doesn’t say that. that’s from the mayan calendar, written hundreds of years later. in addition, the bible predates the b.c./a.d. calendar system and so there is no 2012 in the bible. and on the same topic, the world is not going to “end”. what would that entail? the bible is a book, written over the course of thousands of years, by many different people, and has been rewritten and edited to suit the political needs of the ruling class more times than anybody can pinpoint. it’s a collection of myths and folklore that can be used to manipulate people pretty effectively. it does not predict the “end of the world”. or anything else. there are some good lessons in there, to be sure, but it isn’t a history book or a book of verified facts. it’s a storybook.

    • pooprocks -  March 21, 2016 - 8:45 am

      how does this make sense?

  28. Wolfin -  February 27, 2012 - 9:52 am

    This is a little confusing, but yet, it does make sense.

  29. Language Guy -  February 27, 2012 - 9:16 am

    Neither “east” nor “west” are derived from Sanskrit words. Rather, the words are cognate to each other, as both English and Sanskrit share a common ancestor (what is called Proto-Indo-European).

  30. Sofia -  February 27, 2012 - 9:15 am

    @mary torres so loved
    The world is NOT going to end on Dec. 21, 2012. Read the Gospel of Matt. 23-24 to find out about the end times. I have firm conviction that it won’t. I turn 18 two days later.

  31. Liz -  February 27, 2012 - 8:37 am

    Are these ppl as stupid as I think?or am I?

  32. anonymous -  February 27, 2012 - 6:48 am

    @ mary torres so loved

    I have no idea what Bible you read if you say that. Either the Mayans have a Bible that I never heard of, or maybe I haven’t read the Bible correctly. Feel free to post the chapter and verse if you can prove me wrong so I can find out.

  33. Rasmus Bjørn -  February 27, 2012 - 1:55 am

    The sun always rises in the East

  34. Joan -  February 27, 2012 - 12:38 am

    @ mary..

    ppl are going gaga over the mayan calendar thing.. but the Bible does not state a time or date of the end of the world. its only based on events..

  35. evaaaaaaaaaaaaa -  February 27, 2012 - 12:19 am

    :| :o :) :D :( D:

  36. mary ray -  February 27, 2012 - 12:10 am

    interesting! Thanks!

    I’m from the east lol

  37. Evie -  February 26, 2012 - 11:58 pm

    @ marry torres
    and to the rest of you guys, I LIKE TRAINS!

  38. James -  February 26, 2012 - 10:57 pm

    Archon: A better translation of “Mediterranean” might be “in the midst of land,” as it is a mostly-landlocked sea. It’s China who puts herself at the center of the world; the Chinese name “Zhongguo” literally means “Middle Country.”

    Editors: Regarding Sanskrit origins of these words: Your own dictionary reads: “related to … Sanskrit usās…” and “cf. Skt. ushas ‘dawn’…” Similar with “west.”

    Most European words (these included) are in no sense “derived from” Sanskrit; more accurately, Sanskrit, Greek, Latin, and Germanic languages all derive from a common reconstructed ancestor called “Proto-Indo-European.”

    That was sloppy writing.

  39. Christine -  February 26, 2012 - 10:39 pm

    I think of the Middle East as including countries as far West as Morocco and as far West as Iraq and the Arabian Peninsula. Essentially, my definition of the Middle East is also the popular definition of the Arab world. It just depends who you talk to. I’m a college student, and a lot of my classes on the “Middle East” also include Turkey and Iran which, of course, are not part of the Arab speaking world. However, politically (I’m a Foreign Affairs Major) those two countries are heavily involved in the politics of the Arab World. In my Middle Eastern Studies Seminar (capstone for the Middle Eastern Studies Major and not overtly political — it’s supposed to be a more holistic examination of the Middle East) we’ve spent the past couple of weeks on Iran.

    I find myself classifying things more based on politics than anything else. ‘The West’ includes Europe, the Americas (though thinking about it, I realize I don’t really classify some of the dictatorships in South and Central America as the ‘West.’ Cuba, for example.) Australia, and, perhaps, Israel. Though I am a little conflicted about Israel. They proclaim themselves to be an enclave of the West in the Middle East, however, so I will add them to the list. For me ‘the West’ is synonymous with ‘Democracy’ and liberal principles. Language means so much and it’s interesting to think about how much it affects out thought process. Even words that are supposed to be relativistic to geographic location have political implications.

  40. Ryan -  February 26, 2012 - 9:45 pm

    lol Australia would be neither, it would be south

  41. Amit -  February 26, 2012 - 9:07 pm

    According to this article, the countries east to India are known as “Far East” and the countries west to India are known as “Near East”. Could anyone tell me, where actually India lies. Is it known as “Just East”? Roman of British, people from ancient empires wished to arrange the globe as they wanted.

  42. halamakata -  February 26, 2012 - 7:50 pm

    What? “West” and “east” do NOT come from Sanskrit, just look at the etymological notes at this very site! Both words come from Old English sources, and which in turn come from Proto-Germanic *wes-t- and *aus-to-, which come from Proto-Indo-European *wes- and *aus-.

    They are COGNATES with Sanskrit avah and uṣás, which means that the Sanskrit words come from the same origin of the English words, that is, Proto-Indo-European .

    Who writes these etymological curiosities? They should at least check what the very dictionary they volunteer or work at says!

  43. wolsammoraa -  February 26, 2012 - 4:29 pm

    geogaphy is interestingin that no matter where you are,love hotword

  44. cae.cae. -  February 26, 2012 - 2:01 pm

    well… the world isn’t ending in december, the bible doesn’t say that, and for all i care, north is whatever way i’m facing at the time.

  45. coolbuck -  February 26, 2012 - 1:54 pm

    So if Middle East does not accurately describe the exact location, why would we change it to Western Asia as mentioned? We should reflect the true description, not the perception.

  46. Mackenzie -  February 26, 2012 - 1:16 pm

    mary torres so loved——–THE WORLD WILL NOT END!!!!!!!! THE MAYANS JUST STOPPED WRITING THE CALENDAR!!!!! IT’S OKAY, YOU WON’T DIE……………………………..i hope

  47. Mackenzie -  February 26, 2012 - 1:14 pm

    im confused….actually i get it never mind
    haha LOL

    middle east should be another continent

  48. Socrates -  February 26, 2012 - 9:37 am

    The sun always rises in the east, regardless where on earth you are.

  49. mary torres so loved -  February 26, 2012 - 9:14 am

    Sorry I was wrong. The Bible does NOT say that the world will end on December 2012. :-(

  50. Neb -  February 26, 2012 - 9:08 am

    sorry ingnor the :o it was a acedent.

  51. Neb -  February 26, 2012 - 9:08 am


  52. Neb -  February 26, 2012 - 9:07 am

    Nshera is right @mary torres so loved. Don’t ever say stuff if you don’t know is fact. You can not take it back. :-(

    But Jesus will come back soon and that I am glad of. :-)

  53. mary torres so loved -  February 26, 2012 - 9:02 am

    i was wrong the the bible does NOT say that world will end on December 2012. Sorry, :(

  54. Charles McKinney -  February 26, 2012 - 6:25 am

    Geography is my favorite subject to study other than languages, English being the most beloved:-) Thus, I have enjoyed reading this article although I thought Israel was classified as Mid-East as opposed to Near East. I have to agree with some of the other comments that mentioned how the Bible does not predict the end of the world [age]. Please be careful not to misquote Sacred Scripture and to think twice before writing something of such drastic nature. Thank you!

  55. Archipelago -  February 26, 2012 - 4:18 am

    How do you get ‘east’ from ‘usas?’

  56. Francisco -  February 25, 2012 - 11:28 pm

    Last time the world ended I slept through it. The world is going to end on December 21, 2012, I will drink lots of coffee on the 20th so I don’t miss it this time again. I can’t wait for the 23rd of December to find out when the next end-of-the-world will be maybe I’ll set up a somewhat tail gate party to celebrate it. Only winners will be around after the 21st; therefore, you are all losers prior to the 21st. Interesting what you may infer from my imply.

  57. MJR -  February 25, 2012 - 11:20 pm

    “The typical English definitions of East do not include Russia, the largest country east of Europe”. Not strictly true, I’m afraid.

    Russia occupies approximately 40% of Europe. The part of Russia that’s east of Europe is in Asia.

  58. Francis Mawe -  February 25, 2012 - 7:58 pm

    The bible is clear, no one knows not even the son of man knows when the world will come to an end. Only the Creator knows when the world will come to an end. Be prepared.

  59. yosef -  February 25, 2012 - 6:25 pm

    Enjoyed reading about this. I had a similar question about the term ‘Eurasia’. As a former geography study in the US, I thought the answer was a no brainer, this is the supercontinent of Europe and Asia, which sometimes is convenient to clump together as a single term. However, I got in a disagreement with a fellow American student, who was confident this term referred roughly to the area where the country of Turkey is. Or that is to say, the area where Europe and Asia meet (thus having no exact boundaries). After an informal survey of several friends, it seemed there was a roughly 50/50 split on these 2 definitions. Any chance of clearing this one up?

    PS – As someone with roots in the “middle east”, but from the US, and also with family in the UK. The terms have all been a bit ambiguous and contentious. For example, In England, I found “Asia/Asian” means someone from South Asia, such as Indian, Pakistan, Bangladesh, etc. But in American, Asian would more certainly be East Asian. Because the Middle East is such an ambiguous term. I will sometimes try to use the term West Asian. Which I think seems at least a bit more geographically accurate, and I think helps to remind people Asia is more than just East Asia.

    -A Westerner of Middle Eastern roots living in East Asia

  60. mary torres so loved -  February 25, 2012 - 5:50 pm


  61. nate -  February 25, 2012 - 4:17 pm

    Um, the sun rises in the East no matter where you are. Same with setting in the West. Even in Australia and Antarctica.

    So no, our words don’t describe where we are so much as the describe our ignorance of where other people are. ;)

  62. Christopher -  February 25, 2012 - 3:09 pm

    Both Pakistan and Afghanistan are considered Middle Eastern countries by today’s standards. Their commonalities and shared Islamic religion further validate their grouping among the Middle Eastern countries.

  63. smite -  February 25, 2012 - 2:27 pm

    the good job author hotword matter to you that bible at church

  64. Rustgold -  February 25, 2012 - 2:02 pm

    @Religious People : Go away with your stupid religious comments. Infecting every blog with religious garbage only proves that your stupid religion shouldn’t be taken seriously.

    Iran part of Middle East? Sorry, I don’t think I’ve heard it referred to as such.
    Btw : Is this a different version of an older blog (or did you copy this from something else?).

  65. johnthebaptist -  February 25, 2012 - 1:13 pm

    Mary refers to the Bible Code, not the actual text.

  66. Jim -  February 25, 2012 - 12:47 pm

    “East” isn’t derived from the Sanskrit word “usas,” rather the two words are both independently derived from the same Indo-European root, aus- “to shine,” especially “dawn.” See http://www.etymonline.com.

  67. sherryyu -  February 25, 2012 - 12:38 pm

    weird very werid

  68. Andrew W. Soukup -  February 25, 2012 - 11:52 am

    ‘The word “east” is derived from the Sanskrit word “usās” meaning “dawn” or “morning.” From the perspective of Europe and Asia, this makes sense because the sun rises in the east. Conversely, the word “west” comes from the word for “evening” from the Sanskrit word “avah” meaning “to go down.” These words are all relational and dictate the space around the speaker.’

    Cognate, yes; “derived from, no. This is really pretty poor quality research.

  69. mary torres so loved -  February 25, 2012 - 9:55 am

    @archon thanks :)

  70. oniya -  February 25, 2012 - 9:44 am

    i all was read bible at church do you read bible because i want to know you do read at church so we know author is about. you can ask me ready now are you going to ask me please do it so we know author good jod thing to do.

  71. mary torres so loved -  February 25, 2012 - 9:12 am


  72. mary torres so loved -  February 25, 2012 - 9:02 am

    although yes the the bible in gods wolds bible it dose say that have you ever watch the movie 2012 ?

  73. mary torres so loved -  February 25, 2012 - 8:55 am

    LAST POST 4 nshera

  74. mary torres so loved -  February 25, 2012 - 8:54 am

    @ dont tell me what to do you ant my momma TRICK :o

  75. mary torres so loved -  February 25, 2012 - 8:52 am

    @u guys sorry thats what i ment to say :( plese dont be made at me :(

  76. mary torres so loved -  February 25, 2012 - 8:51 am

    @eva no @ and all of u guys and girl no i seen it on the history chanel not the bible

  77. mary torres so loved -  February 25, 2012 - 8:49 am

    @madde m thank you very much !

  78. wolsamnoraa -  February 25, 2012 - 7:29 am

    Geography is interesting in that no matter where you are, it’s all relative to someone else. This is one of the most concise “hotword”s I’ve seen. Good job, author.

  79. Happysurfer -  February 25, 2012 - 6:43 am

    Interesting and informative. Thanks.

    - Someone from the Far East

  80. Ben -  February 25, 2012 - 1:52 am

    “The word “east” is derived from the Sanskrit word “usās” meaning “dawn” or “morning.” From the perspective of Europe and Asia, this makes sense because the sun rises in the east.”

    Where in the world would you need to be for the sun to rise anywhere other than the east?

  81. tb -  February 25, 2012 - 1:00 am

    “thinking”i wonder which bible is that…?”suprise”@marry

  82. Archon -  February 24, 2012 - 6:25 pm

    @ marytorres

    The imagined destruction of the Earth in Dec. 2012 is referenced to the Mayan long calendar. Nowhere in The Bible is that prophecy or date mentioned. Feel free to quote chapter and verse to refute.

    Since the egotistical Romans felt that the rest of the world revolved around them, they gave the name Mediterranean to the puddle at their doorstep. The name means “center of the world.”

  83. Vanessa -  February 24, 2012 - 4:28 pm

    Well, if you’re using the International Date Line, then that makes sense, as it runs between Asia and North America. The next question must be, is Australia East or West?

  84. eva -  February 24, 2012 - 3:19 pm

    mary torres so loved please read the Bible properly. The Bible does not day the world will end 2012.if you really know let me know, which book which verse. thanks

  85. jaylon -  February 24, 2012 - 3:04 pm

    west is the compare she said

  86. oniya -  February 24, 2012 - 3:00 pm

    is already not decmber so we get to wait

  87. laya -  February 24, 2012 - 2:59 pm

    ok that you had right now see her again do you see her loser house love songs that you go by yeah you so upset not dance no songs lost
    a dog guy payed childrend look out thing

  88. oniya -  February 24, 2012 - 2:54 pm

    ok so

  89. oniya -  February 24, 2012 - 2:53 pm

    we like the city at the school attacked this look change dress like thing
    you as free for the sister some thing mother open door get miss up oniya

  90. ruby -  February 24, 2012 - 2:50 pm

    When I was at school we had an area called “top lawn” that wasn’t at the top of the site and, er, wasn’t a lawn

  91. ruby -  February 24, 2012 - 2:46 pm

    the United states is possibly seen as being “west” of China, because the sun rises and sets there after China.

  92. Nshera -  February 24, 2012 - 2:45 pm

    Mary Torres, you are wrong. It absolutely DOES NOT say that the world will end in December 2012! Tell me where. I am a steadfast Christian and that is a LIE! Do not put words in God! Go to BibleGateway and type John 1. The Bible version is King James Version(KJV). DO not put words in God’s mouth. God has NEVER revealed the Second coming of Christ, not even to Jesus. Do not lie on the Internet! You can never take that back! :-(

  93. mary torres so loved -  February 24, 2012 - 2:32 pm

    i want to travel THE WORLD THAT WOULD BE ALSOME I CAN LIKE MEET NEW PEOPLE AND there style of living

  94. Maddy M. -  February 24, 2012 - 2:17 pm

    @mary torres so loved


  95. Katie -  February 24, 2012 - 1:48 pm

    I’m confused… Oh, wait.. Maybe I’m not.
    Lol XD

  96. EAST | BLOGCHI@mayopia.com -  February 24, 2012 - 12:30 pm

    [...] ‘East’ or the right side of the Map — Dependent on the Hemisphere or directional selection on the GPS — where is often the DELTA Gap. — If one can use a Compass — not mathematically speaking — After all it’s direction — not Regional issues we are seeking — or is that double tweaking? — Thus East is East and West is West — Near or Far or Middle — Where is the Center of that Universe? – Gestalt at Rest. — The hypothalamus of the Riddle. –>>L.T.Rhyme [...]

  97. mary torres so loved -  February 24, 2012 - 12:21 pm


  98. Busta -  February 24, 2012 - 11:37 am

    Wow! After reading that, I feel like the scarecrow in the Wizard of Oz as he attempts to help Dorthy figure out which way they should go! Nice! Thanks Dictionary.com!


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