Pfhorrest wrote:And it's even worse on the west coast, where "the midwest" is slightly to the east, "the west" is even further to the east, and "the middle east" is somewhat further west of "the east" which, as you've noted, is to the west.
And in addition to east/west in the USA being centered on Washington DC & NYC ("east" is a cluster of tiny states in the northeast, with the rest split between "west" in the west and "midwest" in the center), north/south is defined by a war and a cultural attitude (mostly the war), so "south" means "southeast" and "north" means "northeast", and there are "north" states physically further south than "south" states, and nothing west of Texas is really either "north" or "south" (despite California and Oregon being "north" states in the war).
And Alaska and Hawaii don't matter at all in any direction.
It happens everywhere. We've covered my hemisphere, my country, and my city. So, my state of Minnesota has:
- "The Metro" (Minneapolis/St. Paul and its suburbs, if you live there)
- "The Cities" ("The Metro", if you don't live there)
- "Outstate" (not the metro)
- "Up North" (the central and north-central part of the state, which is probably only north of you if you live in the metro)
- "The Valley" (the northwest corner of the state. The name implies a change in elevation; the actual geography is ruler-flat, with a gradient of about 1:5000. There are also few trees, so when your dog runs away, you can watch him leave for two days. And despite Minnesota being the start of the largest river in North America, the Mississippi, "The Valley" is defined by the Red River of the North, which is about ten feet deep and a couple hundred feet wide.)