Disputatio:Australia Australis

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So why is South Australia = Australia Australis, but South Dakota = Dacota Meridionalis? Aren't they both South? What's the difference between Australis and Meridionalis?

Meridionalis is really only usable in the Northern Hemispere. In the Southern Hemisphere Meridionalis (lit.: "belonging to the middle of the day") would be the North! So, it can't be used to mean South(ern) in geographical names of the Southern Hemisphere. --Agricola 17:33, 10 Septembris 2006 (UTC)
Agricola is pretty much right, and I frequently point out the same thing. But do note that this rule is not absolute, and exceptions do occur. But why create an exception when it's not necessary? --Iustinus 23:51, 10 Septembris 2006 (UTC)