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Geek Trivia: The Quibble of the Week for April 8

This week's quibble comes from the Mar. 19, 2008 edition of Geek Trivia, "21 years cold."

If you uncover a questionable fact or debatable aspect of this week's Geek Trivia, just post it in the discussion area of the article. Every week, yours truly will choose the best quibble from our assembled masses and discuss it in a future edition of Geek Trivia.

This week's quibble comes from the Mar. 19, 2008 edition of Geek Trivia, "21 years cold." TechRepublic member raul62 was displeased with my usage of the term antipodean:

"[Y]ou say: 'In the Northern hemisphere, this heralds the official start of spring, whilst antipodeans in the Southern hemisphere get started with autumn.' I found surprising the use of 'antipodeans' as those who live in the other Earth's hemisphere. Technically talking, for geographers, 'antipode' is the exact place in the diametrically opposite side of the Earth's globe. It's a point, and not a continent (despite the very British 'Antipodes' denomination for Australia and New Zealand), or the whole hemisphere. You'll find a nice and clear definition in Wikipedia. In this article you'll find also a nice paradox: The true 'antipodeans' are really rare. As most of the Earth's surface is covered by water, the 'dry' places in the Earth with a 'dry' antipode are not so frequent at all. The term 'antipodean' refers better to fishes than people."

Well, I've never been accused of having a British bent in my writing, but then I don't put an extraneous letter "u" in the word color. In the future, I'll try to be a bit more American in my choice of descriptors. Thanks for the quibble, and keep 'em comin'!

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